BOUNTIFUL - About a dozen residents of Davis County attended this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla.
They included everyone from North Salt Lake Representative Becky Edwards to Kirk Jowers, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
The entire Utah delegation felt that they had a special place at this year’s convention, which resulted in the nomination of Mitt Romney as Republican candidate for U.S. President.
“We’re well-represented, and of course everyone from Utah feels like (Mitt) Romney is our adopted son in a way,” Edwards said. “I think we’re celebrating with a little extra zeal while we’re here.”
Romney’s Mormonism was almost a non-issue, she added. The convention focused more on the economy.
But Romney wasn’t the only famous local personality in the hall. Utah also took a starring role with the speech of U.S. congressional candidate Mia Love, of Utah County.
“I think she hit it out of the park,” Edwards said. “It was not unexpected because she had done such a great job at the Utah state convention in May, and then she did it again.”
The North Salt Lake representative added that 5-inch buttons for Love’s campaign were a hot commodity on the convention floor. Edwards traded a couple of the bright orange buttons for things such as California buttons and leis from Hawaii, she said.
For her constituents in Davis County, Edwards said the convention represents a pivot point.
“I think the people of my district, district 20, overwhelmingly support Romney,” she said. “They can feel optimistic about the changes that are going to be coming in Washington, D.C. and feel like Utah has a small piece of ownership in those changes.”