Utah GOP will debate how to replace U.S. Representatives who leave early

FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans addresses the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah. A fight among Utah Republicans over changes to the state's election system is mushrooming into an increasingly public dispute, with GOP officials openly quarreling on the radio and some Republicans questioning their party’s leadership. Evans says Woods Cross Republican Sen. Todd Weiler and other critics are misinformed and distorting the party's efforts to maintain control over its system for nominating candidates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Utah State Republican Party is holding its state <a href=”http://utah.gop/calendar-2/convention/” target=”_blank”>organizing convention</a> on Saturday, May 20 at the South Towne Exhibition Center in Sandy.

James Evans, who is serving his fourth year as State Republican Party Chairman, says he hopes a lot of people will attend the convention. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2017_05_16_324_57696_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Monday</a>, he referred to it as an extremely important event where party members come together to make decisions on numerous issues, such as Senate Bill 54, the Count My Vote lawsuit and the candidates running for various offices.

“One issue that’s of note, that is timely,” Evans explained, “is how can we move forward to replace or put forward a name if a member of our U.S. House of Representatives resigns? The reason that’s timely is because there is a lot of talk that Congressman (Jason) Chaffetz is going to be stepping down.

“So we’ve had to change our governing documents to make sure we have a provision to address that.”

He said a member of Congress from Utah has not vacated an office since 1992. Evans is seeking a fourth term as State Republican Chairman and he has two opponents: Robert Anderson and Phil Wright.

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