Citizens Forum hosting free candidate forum prior to GOP dinner

The Cache County Republican Party is hosting its annual Lincoln Day Dinner Friday starting at 7 p.m. at the Riverwoods Convention Center. Party Chairman Boyd Pugmire says a reception will be for an hour prior to the dinner where the public can meet with elected officials and candidates running for office this year. Michele Alder, of the Cache County Citizens Forum, says her group is providing a chance for people to meet non-incumbents who may or may not be attending the dinner. “It’s a fundraising opportunity for the party and they actually charge the candidates to participate,” Alder says of the Lincoln Day Dinner. “If they (candidates) want to be in the straw poll they have to pay $1,000, they have to pay for a little table.” Alder says the Citizens Forum-sponsored event is free and open to anyone to attend. “It’s an opportunity for the candidates, especially the non-incumbents, to meet with Republicans and promote themselves, part of the way to campaign and get to be known.” Alder says anyone interested can meet with six of the non-incumbent candidates at an open house Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Those making presentations and talking to the public are candidates for Utah governor (Ken Sumsion, David Kirkham and Morgan Philpot), U.S. Senate (Chris Herrod and Dan Liljenquist) and First District Congress (Jacqueline Smith). The open house/town hall meeting will be held in the Historic Cache County Court House council chambers.

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