Cache GOP chair thinks Utah will miss not having Chaffetz in Washington

FILE - House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman questions a witness during the committee's hearing on how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol, in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The new chairman of the Cache County Republican Party is giving thanks to Congressman Jason Chaffetz for doing what he called “an incredible job” representing Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he will not be seeking re-election to the office in 2018.

Casey Snider, who has held the local party’s top office for only a few weeks, said he worked closely with Chaffetz during the two years Snider was in Washington, DC and found him to be an, “overall great man.”

“I’ve always found him to be incredibly genuine, incredibly good to work with, incredibly responsive to his constituents,” said Snider. “I think he’s done a fantastic job. He’s done a good job running the Oversight Committee and looking into different issues going on in the last administration. Obviously he has looked into different things going forward. I think we’re going to miss him.”

Snider said there are a lot of issues out there to consider—healthcare and tax reform to name a few. He commends Chaffetz for honoring the commitment he made when he first took office, which was to get in, serve well and then get out. While he does not have a favorite candidate in mind to replace Chaffetz, Snider believes there will be several Republicans who will want to take his place, with a lot of “good, qualified people” to select from.

“It’s a different position to be in D.C., “he said, “where for the last eight years we’ve had to play a lot of defense, and now we’re given the opportunity to play offense. I think the challenge for the party will be, as it has always been, to continue to govern well.”

Snider said the next major event coming up for Utah’s Republicans is the state convention next month, when when new state officers will be elected and other important business will be conducted. The convention takes place May 20, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Towne Exposition Center, located at 9575 State Street in Sandy.

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