J. Dell Holbrook and his brother, Bert, have a long list of differences, including the fact that they hold different elected offices for different parties in different northern Utah counties.
Yet they remain close and share much of the same political philosophy, handed down by a father who taught them to take pride in their work and that how the race is run is more important than the outcome.Bert just captured his second four-year term as the Republican sheriff in Morgan County in the Nov. 6 election. J. Dell will be Davis County's first Democratic county commissioner in 38 years when he takes office in January.
"The people won't be abused too badly," the 45-year-old J. Dell said about their wins.
While J. Dell squeaked by Republican opponent Ed Snow by just 2 percent, Bert collected 70 percent of the vote in the Morgan sheriff's race, defeating Democratic challenger Seth Earl Dawson and write-in candidate Harold Briskey.
Despite Bert's popularity, J. Dell contends his brother is the one who needs to mend his "party" ways.
"People find it strange that my brother is a Republican," J. Dell said.
The 47-year-old Morgan sheriff sees it differently. He explains that his brother's choice of parties resulted from his being "dropped on his head at birth."
"Hell, I don't know," said the 28-year law enforcement veteran. "As far as politics go, I'm a policeman.
"The day the election is over, the job description is the same," he said. "The two-party system just allows for change and competition."
The Holbrooks, who met a reporter at a one-stop convenience market in Morgan County's tiny Mountain Green, said they got their desire for excellence - and love for politics - from their father.
"Our dad always said, `If the job you do doesn't satisfy you, who is it going to satisfy?' " J. Dell said.
Dell Holbrook made an unsuccessful bid for the Davis County commission 40 years ago as a Democrat.
"The old man had a lot of good sense," Bert added.
Both brothers said they often rely on what they described as their father's "outhouse" philosophical beliefs governing business in and out of the political arena.
They included, "winners never quit, quitters never win," and beliefs that the family is the foundation on which the U.S. is built.
The two brothers are complimentary of one another. While Bert said he enjoys his brother's wit and optimism, J. Dell looks to Bert for patience and understanding.
"I've never seen Bert overreact to anything on a professional level," he said. "Personally, he's overreacted several times, before I outgrew him."
The brothers fish, hunt and golf together. More importantly, they say they share the belief that never knocking down a competitor allows them to stand tall.
"Opposition is good in all things. It makes you think," J. Dell said.
"You don't gain anything by personal attacks on your opponent," Bert said. "If you're going to run for political office, then you should challenge someone's service record, not their personal life."