Former state representative and congressional candidate finds a new role. Carl Wimmer takes job as high school resource officer

By Christian Probasco

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

            GUNNISON—Carl Wimmer, the former state representative from Herriman who was defeated by Mia Love for the right to represent Republicans  in Utah’s 4th Congressional District and then snubbed for the job as Nevada’s Republican director, said he is ready for some time away from the spotlight.

            Wimmer is returning to his roots as a police officer — in this case a high school resource officer— in the central Utah city of Gunnison, population 3,285. He said he hasn't ruled out another run for public office sometime in the future, but will relocate his family to Gunnison and return to his former profession.

            “I have a passion for politics,” he said. “I am passionate about conservative issues. I was a founder of the Patrick Henry Caucus. But right now, I am focused on raising my young family.”

            Wimmer, 37 and his wife Sherry have three children, ages 5, 8 and 10 and are also raising two special-needs foster children. One child, who is 8, has cerebral palsy and the other child, the boy’s 11-year-old brother, was born deaf.

            “I am learning sign language,” Wimmer said. “Slowly.”

            He said the proximity of quality medical services in the area, at Gunnison Valley Hospital in downtown Gunnison, played a part in the decision to move to the city in Sanpete County.

            Wimmer, who was raised in West Valley City and moved to Herriman 12 years ago, resigned his seat during his third term in House District 52 to run for Utah’s new Fourth Congressional District. He lost in the convention to fellow Republican Mia Love, who will be facing incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson this November.

Wimmer gained prominence in Utah as an ardent advocate of traditional conservative values. He introduced legislation that would have prohibited the state from implementing federal health care reforms authorized by Congress and recently upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court.

            He also introduced a constitutional amendment prohibiting “card check” union votes, rather than voting by secret ballot and legislation nullifying a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act concerning abortions, thus allowing doctors and hospitals with religious objections to the procedure to opt out of performing it without repercussions.

            Wimmer also pushed to defeat the University of Utah’s ban on legally concealed weapons. He won reelection in 2010 with 79 percent of the vote in his district.

His decision to return to law enforcement came after an apparent offer to take over as Nevada GOP director fell through two months ago. Wimmer said at the time that he was offered the job by Jesse Law, who represented himself as the “acting political director” of the Nevada GOP Party.

            After Wimmer announced his appointment to the Utah press, he learned that Law was not the party’s acting director. In fact, he was an unofficial aide to GOP Chairman Michael McDonald, who said he had never heard of Wimmer.

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