Party delegates, not voters, chose the top leadership spots for Cache County’s Republican Party during its recent organizing convention.
Chris Booth was re-elected as County Party Chair, Shellie Giddings is the newly elected Vice Chair, with Pam Budge as Secretary and Gary Saxton elected as Treasurer.
“In the coming year, we will be focusing on strengthening the caucus system,” said Booth, “and strengthening relationships with elected officials both state and local.”
The Republican Party is alive and well, according to Booth, who said more than 250 people turned out for the April 12 convention, double the numbers they had two years ago.
Delegates also discussed minor changes to the party platform. Republicans aren’t happy that 40% of Cache County is owned and managed by the federal government.
“We believe we can take back control of those lands and manage them better,” said Booth.
“This governing model will help ensure that local voices are not only heard, but integrated into the management of our public lands,” the Platform states.
Democrats in Cache County held their Convention and Central Committee Meeting in March.
Leadership for both the state Republican and Democratic parties are also up for grabs.
Those decisions will be made at the upcoming annual state party conventions which will be held on May 4 at Utah Valley University for Republicans, and on June 22 at Park City High School for Democrats.