Message from New County GOP Chair, Morgan Murdock
Dear Citizens of Wasatch County,
I am very excited about this new opportunity to serve as chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party. I appreciate having been able to serve as the vice-chair under the leadership of Aaron Gabrielson. As many of you know, Aaron is passionate about politics and is an energetic leader. He has done much for the Party (creating and maintaining this website, posting regular updates on social media, engaging in fundraising efforts, organizing precinct information, conducting many county meetings and conventions, and much more). We thank Aaron for his dedicated service!
I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with the other members of the Executive Committee: Kim Powell, Betty Smedley, and Brent Titcomb. I have learned much from each of them and thank them for their dedicated service to the Party. Betty was recognized at the Convention for 10+ years of service in the Party. What a great example she has been and continues to be to the citizens of our community. We extend a special thank you to Betty for her many years of service!
I want to thank all those who took time on the beautiful Saturday morning of March 28 to attend the County Party Organizing Convention. It was so encouraging to see over 100 in attendance. We appreciate Governor Herbert, Representative Chaffetz, and all other elected officials who attended the Convention to show their support of Wasatch County.
I applaud all those who had the willingness and courage to run for an office, and I congratulate those who won the elections. I look forward to working with the new members of the County Party Executive Committee: Jim Green (Vice-Chair), Marge Carlile (Secretary), Steve Capson (Representative to the State Central Committee), and Brent Titcomb (Treasurer). Brent has also served in this capacity for a number of years and willingly continues to serve. Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Kim Powell continues to serve diligently as the current Representative to the State Central Committee. She will serve in this position until after the Party State Convention on August 15, after which Steve will be seated. We thank Kim for her tireless efforts attending state and county meetings and assisting with the many details of Neighborhood Caucus Elections, Lincoln Day Breakfasts, Conventions, and other County Party events.
For those who do not know me, I am a sixth grade teacher in the Wasatch County School District. My wife, Heather, and I have seven children (McKaylah, Mosiah, Jefferson, Hunter, Elias, Jessie, and Asia). We love living in this valley and are so grateful for the friends we have made and for the many opportunities Wasatch County has provided for us to learn, grow, and serve.
We have lived in Heber for eight years, and we have enjoyed learning more about our roots in this valley. My third great-grandfather, Joseph Stacy Murdock, was one of the early settlers, and he did what he could to help establish a peaceful community. During the ongoing Blackhawk War, Joseph found ways to serve the local Ute Indian Chief Tabby. Joseph and others provided a feast for the Chief and some of his people, and he was able to negotiate a peace treaty. This was one of the major turning points which helped bring an end to the conflict. From this historical experience I learn that as we show respect, serve, and engage in open dialogue with others, we can address any conflicts and challenges that arise.
For the past two years, I have enjoyed serving as the County Party Vice-Chair, and as a county and state delegate. I have also previously served as a precinct chair. Over the years, I have spent countless hours studying various county and state issues, speaking with candidates and elected officials, and attending county and state meetings and conventions. During this process, I have learned so much and have gained a greater appreciation for our freedoms, for Wasatch County, for the state of Utah, and for this country. I want to build upon the efforts and successes of previous Wasatch County Party officers and continue to expand and strengthen our County Party. I will continue to promote responsible government and the principles of the Party Platform.
I am excited about all that the Party can accomplish in Wasatch County as we remain focused on the principles of the Party Platform, as we dialogue about important issues, and as we seek opportunities to serve in the community. Despite the various challenges in the county, state, and nation, I am optimistic. There is much work to be done as we prepare for the 2016 election cycle. We will rely on the knowledge, expertise, and service of the officers and delegates in each precinct. I encourage all citizens to register to vote, to become informed about the candidates and issues, and to get involved in the grassroots efforts. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
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