On October 3rd, Cache County Republicans living in House District 5 selected Casey Snider to replace recently-retired State Representative Curt Webb. Snider won the special election on a vote of 82-2 over Karl Brown. The election results and his name have been sent to Utah Governor Gary Herbert who will soon make the appointment official, allowing Snider to fulfill the remaining three months of Webb’s term in the Utah legislature.
Snider had already been selected as the GOP nominee for District 5 last spring. In order to serve beyond December 31, 2018, Snider will need to win the general election on November 6th. He is facing Democratic candidate Karina Andelin Brown.
Politics are not new to Snider, who lives in Paradise but farms other areas of Cache County as well. Snider was the former chair of the Cache County Republican Party.
On KVNU’s For the People program Monday, Snider and Brown spoke about their campaigns and why voters in District 5 should vote for them next month.
Snider said if he is elected to the full term he would like to help bring about what he feels are needed technological improvements.
“I think solar has an important role,” Snider said. “Hydro has an important role. We need to continue to foster and look at nuclear as an important source.
“Those are all things the state can help advocate for or at least defend in the face of whatever regulation would push back against those sort of options.”
She hasn’t run for office before, but Brown said she has followed politics and believes her background and enthusiasm would be helpful, especially in areas of education. Brown said she would try to get needed money for education.
“I think I would increase funding for trade and technical colleges,” Brown explained. “From what I’ve seen, like at Bridgerland (Technical College), they have programs to help people get trained for 21st century, green economy jobs. So I would focus funding for those programs.
Snider said he would also like to see better relationships established between candidates and other members of the political parties.