Comments about ‘Holly Richardson elected as representative to House District 57’

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Published: Sunday, Jan. 30 2011 12:22 a.m. MST

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Florwood
American Fork, UT

Maybe Mr. Frank can run against Rep. Dougall in the next election cycle, now that he officially lives in his district.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

24 kids sounds about right, for utah county.

MikeRidgway
Tooele, UT

Wrote the Deseret News: There were 125 possible delegates and 100 who cast ballots in two rounds of voting at Lincoln Academy in Pleasant Grove. The victor needed to garner 60 percent of the votes to win, and Richardson had 62 votes in the second round of voting.

Wrong: To win, a candidate needed a simple majority.

MikeRidgway
Tooele, UT

Wrote the Deseret News: The post opened up following Frank's resignation.

Wrong. You can't resign from a seat you don't hold.

Corrected restatement: There was no vacancy and the election was a farce on Constitutional governance. There was no vacancy because the person who should have been seated was denied his seat because he was a Democrat and the politicians calling the shots on this one were Republicans who were determined at all cost, including breaking the law, to keep a Democrat from being seated.

MenaceToSociety
Draper, UT

24 kids. I'm sure she spends a lot of quality time with them.

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

So a GOP rep from District 57 wasn't available for 100 votes? Really, did it make a difference?

danaslc
Kearns, UT

Holly Richardson is a stand up citizen. District 57 is in great hands.

Congratulations District 57!

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Was Holly elected or SELECTED???

Chosen by 62 delegates she was selected.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Do we elect the person or the party?

If the Republican candidate was not legitimate because he lived outside his district boundary, shouldn't the candidate with the second most votes in the election win the election?

Of if the election was bogus as stated above, should the people of the entire district get a chance to vote on their next representative? 100 Republican delegates doesn't seem like she was elected by "the people."

She' probably a great person, she probably would have won anyway as the Democrat or any other party is doomed in that neck of the woods. But going through an election is a vetting process. All I know about her is that she seems to be a good person, is a Republican, and has lots of children. And oh yeah, like me, she blogs a lot. But going through any kind of election process, again that is more than 100 people, exposes the candidate and his/her positions to more people.

And it seems like all the other candidates, including those from opposing parties, were thrown under the bus. Since this election didn't legally happen, shouldn't it happen now?

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

I'm wondering what Ex Rep Frank thinks about his Republican colleagues dropping him like the plague??

Just curious!

Bob Aagard
holladay, ut

I'm a Democrat, and I would have loved to have picked up that seat. However, the reason the seat did not simply go to the second place person is because the Utah County Clerk and the Lt Governor both certified the election, and there was no legal challenge before the Dec 30 deadline to challenge a certification. Democrats looked into challenging in court, but they had no legal basis.

Gentile
brookings, SD

I am a simple person. With 24 children, how does the lady support them? Find time for them? Know each by need?
Just wondering.

HollyontheHill
pleasant grove, Utah

It's not any harder to love 24 than it is to love 1. :-) And besides - we only have 14 at home.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

That's pretty cool.

MikeRidgway
Tooele, UT

Bob, the reason that Democrats did not challenge the certification had nothing to do with the absence of a legal basis.

Me, I've spoken with the Democrat's lead attorney on the case and with the candidate himself. You?

Maybe if you, a Democrat, had bothered to give a care, maybe there would have been a court case.

But when the only people calling to offer support are Republicans, that's a pretty hard-slam indictment of Democrats in the state, wouldn't you say?

DR Hall
Clearfield, UT

The legislature needs to have accurate and same maps as each district has. This incident shows that Republicans use double standards to do their business and also that they do not follow the proper law. They should have had a complete new election where all voters in the correct district would have voted and then see who the winner. This comes down to voting by special interests. This approach is very corrupt and demoralizing to the public.

infoman
Cedar Hills, UT

So now people in both districts are being represented by people they had no chance to vote for.

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