As the Utah legislature’s redistricting committee struggles to come up with new Congressional boundaries, Democrats and some others are complaining that the process has been too partisan.Utah will have four Congressional districts instead of three and Cache County’s Republican Party Chairman Boyd Pugmire says he feels it is important that a Republican is elected in the new district. In fact, he says right now Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson often cancels out the vote of one of Utah’s Republicans.Pugmire says if all four Congressional seats could be held by Republicans, it would be a great accomplishment. He disagrees with those who say Utah needs a stronger two-party system.”I think the best thing to do is to look at what the values are in the state,” Pugmire said, “and rather it be a Republican or whoever is elected, I think we need to look at do their values match the values of the people within the state. “To say we need to have a Democrat in there because we need a two party system, we do have a two party system but I think the people should have the right to vote in the people who have the same values they have.”Pugmire expects some good candidates will be running for the new seat.Speaking of candidates running for office, Pugmire is hoping no other Republican will run against incumbent U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch next year. Speaking for himself and not the party, Pugmire said Friday he believes that having two freshman senators at the same time would not be serving the state well.”I also really think we need Orrin’s experience and his voting record,” Pugmire continued, “if people would take a look at what his voting record really is. To give up chairmanship of the Finance Committee, that would be really foolish on our part.”Pugmire says if Senator Hatch serves one more term new Republican Senator Mike Lee will have had more experience. He believes it is mostly out-of-state people who have been trying to get rid of Hatch.
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