The chairman of Cache County’s Republican Party says he couldn’t be more excited. He says U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has accepted an invitation to be keynote speaker at the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
Boyd Pugmire says the dinner will be held this year on Lincoln’s actual birthday–Friday, February 12–and it will be held at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.
Pugmire says there are numerous qualities he admires most in Senator Hatch.
“Probably his honesty,” Pugmire admits. “The fact that he is a true statesman and the fact that he makes decisions that he feels are best for the country and for the state without worrying about what the repercussions are or what the polls say.
“I just feel that he is one of the most honest people I’ve met and also he is a true gentleman.”
Pugmire says he has known the Senator for 40 years having lived close to Hatch’s late mother-in-law for most of that time.
He has also announced that Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Congressman Rob Bishop, R-District 1, will be attending along with many other elected Republican officials and current candidates.
In fact, Pugmire says, there will be a candidate reception prior to the dinner which will begin at 6 p.m.
“Each of the candidates will be given an opportunity to speak at that, if they have sponsored a table,” Pugmire explains. “They will also have an area with a booth for them to meet the public an hour prior to the Lincoln Dinner.
“There will be a reception from 6-7 p.m. and the Lincoln Dinner will begin at 7.”
Pugmire says legislative candidate Val Potter and Gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson will be among the candidates participating in the reception. Governor Gary Herbert will not be able to attend the event due to prior commitments.