Sunday, November 20, 2016

Two Officer Vacancies in the 
Wasatch County GOP

The election is over! Republicans won the Presidency, kept control of the House and the Senate, and won various Governor seats and State Legislature positions across the country. In Utah Republicans also won various state positions and positions in Wasatch County. We applaud the efforts of all those who ran for office and congratulate those who were elected. To all who voted in the General Election we thank you for fulfilling this very important civic duty.

For various reasons, two officers in the Wasatch County GOP have recently resigned: Steve Capson, Rep. to the State Central Committee, and Marge Carlile, Secretary. We greatly appreciate their willingness to run for office in the spring of 2015 and for their dedication and service on the Executive Committee for the past 1 ½ years. They spent countless hours attending meetings and conventions, organizing for caucus night, assisting with the Lincoln Day Breakfast, studying the issues, and meeting with candidates. We are grateful for all they have done for the Wasatch County GOP and wish them the very best in all of their endeavors.

According to our County Bylaws, the County Central Committee (comprised of all precinct chairs, precinct vice-chairs, and executive committee members) is required to meet to “appoint a successor [for both positions] by a majority vote”.  A Wasatch County Central Committee Meeting and Special Election will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7 PM at the Heber City Police Department at 301 South Main Street in Heber. We must have a quorum in order to conduct this important business, so we ask that all committee members please make arrangements to attend!

Any registered Republicans who are residents of Wasatch County are eligible to run for either of these two positions. If you know of anyone in your precincts who meets the criteria and who may be interested in either of these positions please pass on this information to them and encourage them to attend the meeting on November 29. During the meeting those who are running for these positions will give speeches. The Central Committee will then vote, and the vacancies will be filled. 

The individual who is selected to fill the Secretary position will serve until the County Organizing Convention in the spring of 2017. The Secretary is an automatic County Delegate. The individual who is selected to fill the position of Rep. to the State Central Committee will be an automatic State Delegate and will serve through the State Organizing Convention on May 20, 2017. (The County Central Committee will elect a Rep. to the State Central Committee at the County Organizing Convention. Whoever is elected will take office at the conclusion of the State Organizing Convention on May 20, 2017.) 

Any individuals interested in running for either of these two positions are asked to email Morgan Murdock at by Saturday, November 26. This will enable the Executive Committee to provide interested candidates with information regarding the positions and the election procedures.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time by email or by phone.

Best Regards,

Morgan Murdock
Wasatch County GOP Chair

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Meet the Candidates Night
On Tuesday, October 4, we hosted a Meet the Candidates Night and Central Committee Meeting at Rocky Mountain Middle School. We heard speeches from the following candidates and elected officials:

John Dougal- State Auditor
Tim Quinn- State House of Representatives District 54
Phill Wright- State GOP Vice-Chair
Lisa Shepherd- State GOP Secretary
David Damschen- State Treasurer
Alisa Ellis- State School Board
Kelsey Berg, Rep. for Congressman Jason Chaffetz-3rd Congressional District
Mike Kohler- School Board- Midway
Tom Hansen- School Board-Midway
Blaik Baird- School Board- County East
Steve Farrell- County Council-At Large Seat B
Spencer Park- County Council-South Seat
Kendall Crittenden-County Council-Seat D Heber South
Mark Nelson-County Council-Midway Seat

We want to give a special thank you to the following individuals:
  • candidates, elected officials, campaign representatives, precinct chairs/vice-chairs, and all other individuals who attended
  • Principal Justin Kelly and his custodial staff for allowing us to use Rocky Mountain Middle School and for helping us with set-up and clean-up
  • Jim Green for inviting all candidates, helping with set-up and clean-up, providing refreshments
Information on Voting in the General Election
We remind you that all registered voters in Wasatch County will receive a mail-in-ballot for this general election. (In fact, 21 of the 29 counties in Utah will be voting with the mail-in-ballot.) There will not be traditional polling stations. Make sure your voter registration information is current, and please be aware of the following deadlines:

Oct. 11: Last day to register to vote by mailing a registration form
No later than Oct. 18, 2016: Absentee and vote by mail ballots are mailed to voters.
Oct. 25: Early voting begins.
Nov. 1: Last day to register to vote online at or at a county clerk’s office.
Nov. 3: Last day to request an absentee/mail ballot.
Nov. 4: Early voting ends.
Nov. 8: General Election
If you have any questions please contact the Wasatch County Clerk, Brent Titcomb, at 435-657-3190. You will also find some general election information and resources at

Upcoming Events
Presidential Debate
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Utah 4th Congressional District Debate
Monday, October 10, 2016
Salt Lake Community College
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Senate Debate
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Brigham Young University
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Utah 1st Congressional District Debate
Monday, October 17, 2016
Weber State University
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Utah 3rd Congressional District Debate
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Utah Valley University
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Utah Tax Reform Summit 2016
October 21, 2016
8:30 am to 2:00 pm; Salt Palace, Suite 250 and 251; Salt Lake City
RSVP to Charles Akerlow at Cost: $35 per person. For questions call 801-428-3755.

State GOP Election Night Party
November 8, 2016
Starts at 6 PM
Rice Eccles Stadium (Cost will be posted on calendar at

Wasatch County GOP Annual Lincoln Day Breakfast 
February 25, 2016
Soldier Hollow Grill

Friday, April 15, 2016

Results from Wasatch County Nominating Convention
April 14, 2016

We had a very successful Nominating Convention and had a record turnout. Of the 159 county delegates, there were 157 credentialed delegates present. We heard from various county, state, and federal candidates and elected officials. We thank all who attended and greatly appreciate volunteers who helped with credentialing, setup/cleanup, counting ballots, etc.

The following are the election results:

Wasatch County Council
Midway Seat
Mark Nelson 32 votes (80%)
Dan Ivie 8 votes (20%)
Both candidates will advance to the primary election on June 28.

County South
Kipp Bangerter: 13 votes (43%)
Spencer Park: 17 votes (57%)
Both candidates will advance to the primary election on June 28.
Nick Lopez filed for only the signature route.
He too will go on to the primary election on June 28.

At-Large Seat B
Erik Rowland: 80 votes (51%)
Steve Farrell: 76 votes (49%)
Both candidates will advance to the primary election on June 28.

County Recorder
Calvin Griffiths: 60 votes (38.2 %)
Peggy Sulser: 97 votes (61.7 %)
Peggy will advance directly to the General Election on November 8.

We extend a special thank you to:
Rocky Mountain Middle School Principal, Justin Kelly, and Custodial Staff
Delegates and Alternate Delegates
Precinct Chairs & Vice-Chairs
All Candidates and Elected Officials
Utah GOP Chair, James Evans, and State Party Staff
Michelle Holmes
Kody Clyde
Bentley and Michelle Murdock
County Party Executive Committee
Wasatch Wave
Heber UPS Store

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wasatch County Republican
Neighborhood Caucus 
Presidential Preference Election
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Meet the Candidates 6-7 PM (all locations)
Official Meeting Begins at 7 PM
Vote for precinct officers, county & state delegates, and U.S. President!

This year voters will be able to cast their Republican Presidential Preference ballot either online (7am-11pm), at the Neighborhood Caucus, or by absentee ballot.
(There will not be a Presidential Primary in June.)

Sign up in advance for the caucus and/or for the
Presidential Election at
Click on “Caucus Pre-Registration” or click on “Online Voting for President”. Scroll down and select Wasatch County, fill out the form (Voter ID optional), indicate whether you will vote for President online or in person at your caucus, and submit the form. If you choose to vote for President online you will be issued a unique PIN number which will be used to vote on March 22. If you choose not to vote online you can vote in person at the caucus or by absentee ballot. 
If you do not sign up in advance at you can still vote at caucus for officers, delegates, and for President.

Anyone can attend a caucus meeting; however, in order to participate one must live in the precinct, be at least 18 years of age by the general election date, and be a registered Republican. Those who are not registered Republicans can register at: or they can affiliate as Republican at caucus meetings on March 22.

Please visit for precinct maps, caucus locations, and contact info. To request tickets to the SLC Presidential Debate and for additional caucus info. visit 

Direct any questions to:
County GOP Chair, Morgan Murdock:    435-671-1005  

County GOP Vice Chair, Jim Green:    801-636-9903

or any Precinct Chair/Host (chair names and contact info. at

Friday, February 26, 2016


On behalf of the Wasatch County Republican Party, we thank all who participated in the Lincoln Day Art and Essay contests. We received many great entries. There are some amazing artists and writers in this community! Every participant will receive a certificate. 

We congratulate the following winners:

1st Place-Josie Cluff, 3rd Grade, Old Mill E. S. ($60)
2nd Place-Avery Rognan, 4th Grade, Heber Valley E. S. ($40)
3rd Place-Ella Green, 4th Grade, Old Mill E. S. ($30)
4th Place-Emmy Kepsel, 4th Grade, Midway E. S. ($20)

5-6 Grade- Sam Dummar ($75)
7-8 Grade- Jacob MacFarlane ($100)
9-12 Grade- Joseph Ciecilwicz ($150)
Adult- Pam Fredericks ($150)

We will soon post online the winning essays and the winning artwork.

All of the winners are invited to attend the Lincoln Day Breakfast on Sat., Feb. 27 at 8 AM at the Soldier Hollow Grill. Family and friends are also welcome to attend but will need to purchase a ticket for $25 online at or at the door.

We would like to take pictures of the winners with some of the elected officials for the newspaper and social media at 8 AM. The program will begin at 8:30 AM. We will announce the winners and award the cash prizes and certificates at approximately 9:15 AM. 

We hope all participants will submit entries again next year.

-Wasatch GOP Executive Committee

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thank you to all those who submitted essays and artwork for the contests! We received many great entries. 
The winners will be announced soon!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Essay and Art Contest

2016 Lincoln Day Essay
Elementary Art Contest 
details are now posted!

Over $600 in Cash Prizes!

Click on tabs at the top of the page.