The filing period doesn’t open for more than two weeks (March 14-20) but former Cache County Republican Party Chairman Boyd Pugmire is already declaring his candidacy for Cache County Executive.
Pugmire first made the announcement late Tuesday in a press release. He says that people have been suggesting that he run for approximately two years to replace Lynn Lemon. Lemon has announced that he is retiring at the end of the year.
Pugmire told KVNU Wednesday that he has spent most of his adult life in public service, having been mayor of Clarkston, a city council member, and a member of the Cache Valley Regional Council. He has also been on the Martin Harris Pageant Committee for 30 years and has held important city, county, regional and Republican Party positions.
Pugmire said his work in management at ATK has helped qualify him for the County Executive position.
“I was actually asked about this almost two years ago and I’ve been thinking about it for two years,” admitted Pugmire. “The timing is right and things are falling into place.
“I have a great chief of staff who is running my campaign. It’s my daughter.”
Pugmire’s daughter, Amber Johnson, served as a regional director for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Pugmire said among his already-proclaimed supporters are local business leader Jack Nixon and former Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright.