Cache County GOP to choose chair Saturday from among three candidates

LOGAN – Three candidates will vie for the post of chair of the Cache County Republican Party at its local convention on Saturday, April 15.

In addition to incumbent chair Shellie Giddings, who is seeking re-election, they are Geoff Cox of Wellsville and Kim Hamblin of Smithfield.

Giddings says she isn’t making a big deal of running to retain her post as chair of the Cache GOP.

“I won’t have a fancy website or spiffy advertising,” she admits, because “I’ve been busy doing the work of the Cache County Republican Party.”

That work has included what Giddings calls “a fantastic Lincoln Day dinner and helping to get the upcoming convention organized.”

“In other words,” she says, “I’m doing my job as your chair and not worrying so much about flashy ads.”

Like Giddings, Cox is a familiar face to local Republicans. He was narrowly edged out by former GOP chair Chris Booth in balloting held in April of 2021.

Cox has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Utah and a master of business administration from Brigham Young University.

He has been a senior manager of manufacturing at Ophir-Spiricon, Inc. in Logan for more than a decade and has previously been active in Republican politics.

A newcomer to local politics, Hamblin says she’s running for the GOP chair “…because I love our community and want to defend it from the ever-growing attacks on our freedoms and families.”

Hamblin is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in Economics who now works as a financial advisor. She is also now involved in the voter initiative against the new state flag.

Hamblin promises to bring a new perspective and ideas to the political arena by focusing on building “…strong campaigns, strong fundraising and strong organizing.”

All other GOP candidates for local leadership roles are running unopposed.

They include Natalie Levi as vice chair; Pamela Budge as party secretary; and John Drew as treasurer for the local GOP.

The GOP precinct officers, ex-officio members and county delegates who gather Saturday will also elect four members of the state central committee from a field of eight candidates.

Those candidates are Clair Ellis, Bonnie Grieff, Jennifer Mitchell Henson, Jon-David Jorgensen, Christopher Smith Lauritzen, Rick Mayer, Shawn Milne and Peter Thatcher.

Convention attendees will also select a Northeast District chair from competing candidates Jana Atkinson and Leslie Carpenter.

All other district chair races have candidates running unopposed. They are Sigrid Roderer for the North District; Tim Lindsay for the Logan 1 District; JoAnn Bennett for the Logan 2 District; Rick Mayer for the Logan 3 District; and Mike Porter for the South District.

The Cache County GOP Organizing Convention will be held Saturday, April 15 at Ridgeline High School in Millville.

Credentialing will begin at 8:30 a.m., with convention business starting at 10 a.m.

Ridgeline High School is located at 180 North, 300 West in Millville.

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  • Abe Lincoln April 11, 2023 at 8:41 am Reply

    Anyone but Hamblin. If she’s fighting against the new flag, then that’s negativity we don’t need here in Cache Valley.

    • Abruham April 11, 2023 at 10:43 am Reply

      You are always good for a laugh! Of course you would label an opposing opinion as “negativity.” Will you be turning yourself into authorities for your hate speech?

  • Sky daddy April 12, 2023 at 2:14 pm Reply

    She supports our great savior Donald Trump against being persecuted by that vile DA. She should be the face of the Cache county republicans. She and Mikey Lee will do whatever it takes to make our savior president again.

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