GOP, Dems choose candidates for state rep
Bill Labrum of Duchesne will face Brad King of Price
Bill Labrum, a Duchesne County resident and businessman, will be the candidate for the Republican party for Utah House of Representative District 69 this fall.
The Utah Republican Convention was held at the Southtown Center in Sandy on Saturday and all the seats that were open for state and federal offices were voted on by delegates, including the seat Labrum will be running for which encompasses part of Duchesne, all of Carbon County, and parts of Emery and Grand County as well.
Labrum beat out both the incumbent, Jerry Anderson of Price, and Christine Watkins. She is a former representative from the district who was defeated for the seat by Anderson in an election two years ago.
The final vote was Labrum with 28 delegates, Watkins with 21 and Anderson with two.
All the candidates were surprised to learn before the vote that the winner would only need 50 percent of the delegates to get the nomination, because the by laws of the party state that any seat can be decided by the lowest threshold of voting in the areas it covers. Grand County was at 50 percent, so that was what was accepted as the tipping point.
That means in the final election for the seat in November Labrum will be facing Brad King, a Democrat from Carbon County, who held the seat for a number of terms before Watkins served. King was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in District 69.
The other item of interest from the Republican convention for Carbon residents was that Jason Chaffetz, the present Congressman from the Third Congressional District, won an overwhelming victory over two rivals for the right to run for the seat again in November. Chaffetz had 883 votes to Robert Stevens 65 votes and Mark Hedengrens 65 votes. Chaffetz will be challenged by Democrat Brian Wannacott of Salt Lake, who was nominated unopposed at the Utah Democratic Convention on Saturday.