There will be an open seat in the Utah GOP for State Party Chair. Current chairman Rob Anderson has announced that he will not run for a second term, indicating that he feels he has become the lightning rod for division within the party over Senate Bill 54 and the Count My Vote compromise. Since the announcement, a few names have emerged as possible replacements for Anderson.
One of the individuals who had announced he would be running for state chair is Cache GOP chairman Chris Booth. But on KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, Booth told host Jason Williams that he’s had a change of heart.
“I actually withdrew from the race, not because I don’t think that I could do a good job, not because I don’t think that Cache County should not be represented. After a lot of careful thought (and) consideration, discussions with members of our executive committee up here, I actually withdrew…for the benefit of Cache County.
“I’ve only been up here, been going as the chair, for just over a year. We’ve got a lot of great momentum, a lot of great things going,” he explained.
Booth says he is withdrawing from the race to focus on Cache County and he will be running for re-election here. He said he will be endorsing former state representative Derek Brown to replace Anderson for the state job, saying he has the strong relationships and the connections with donors and with the other legislators.
AUDIO: Cache GOP chair Chris Booth on KVNU’s For the People 3-26