Hillyard supports Romney in US Senate race

The U.S. flag is presented to open the Utah Republican 2018 nominating convention Saturday, April 21, 2018, in West Valley City, Utah. Mitt Romney is facing nearly a dozen Republican contenders in Utah on Saturday as he works to secure the state GOP nomination for a Senate seat without a primary. (AP Photo/George Frey)

LOGAN – The annual Utah State Republican Convention was described briefly by State Senator Lyle Hillyard, who described the event as “long.” In fact, Hillyard said he is hopeful that those in charge decide to make it a shorter event next time.

He was excited, however, about the fact that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerged as a candidate for a US Senate seat for Utah.

“I strongly support Mitt Romney,” Hillyard said. “I got really well acquainted with him during the Olympics. I was majority leader of the Senate, so I worked very closely with him. I saw him, in my view, as very insightful, a great leader. The thing I like about him is he was consistent in private meetings as he was in public. That is one thing I look forward to in politicians, to make sure they speak the same way everywhere.”

Romney faces state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the primary election. Kennedy received 51 percent of the vote to Romney’s 49 percent.

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