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Watch the convention, consider options


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

Now that the two party caucuses are over it is obvious that one thing is clear.

Carbon County needs to stand together to keep our representation.

Next comes the county conventions where delegates will pick those that will run in either the primary elections (in June) or in the general election in November. While there are a lot of interesting races, the one that could probably have the most impact is the race for Legislative Seat 69.

While the Democrats appear to have only one candidate running for the seat, the Republicans have three running. Two are from Carbon County and one is from Duchesne County.

In the last election where the seat was turned from Democrat to Republican, the voter turnout in Carbon County was very poor. From a county that once prided itself on election turnout and being one of the few counties to buck the traditional systems in the state, Carbon has morphed into a county where so few seem to care who is elected that we may let other people, outside our county's boundaries decide who will represent us at the state legislature.

On top of that population changes in the state overall is decimating rural representation. The growth along the Wasatch Front, in southwestern Utah and now possibly in the Uintah Basin could well affect how the next round of redistricting will go in 2021.

Duchesne County had a huge turnout in the last election. Over 90 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

In Duchesne the vote is all done by mail, so all people have to do is mark the ballot and send it back in. That simplicity drives the high voter turnout.

With a strong candidate coming out of Duchesne County, the vote there, in those same great numbers would almost surely go to him in a primary between the he and one of the two Republicans from this area. Certainly nothing is set in stone yet, because the conventions could decide it for us either by selecting a single candidate to oppose the Democratic candidate or by making the two that meet in the primary both from this area. But it appears that there is a good chance it could be Duchesne, against Castle Country in a primary if it happens.

Carbon has the votes to take the seat for the area both in the primary and in the general election should any scenario occur. However it will depend on turnout no matter what.

My fear is that should we lose the seat and it go out of the area, that could be the end of us ever having representation in the house directly from our area again.

Watch the Republican convention. See what shakes out. In the end the only thing that may save us is for all voters from our county to go to the polls and vote according to their interests.



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