Several Davis County Republicans have announced their intentions to fill the state Legislative seat vacated by Rep. Stan Smedley, who died Dec. 1.
"It almost seems callous to be doing this so quickly, and we've tried to wait as long as possible," said Laura Lee Graham, vice chairman of the Davis County Republican Party. "But everyone feels we need to get someone in the Legislature before it starts."Smedley was re-elected in November to serve what would have been his third term as a representative from Legislative District 18.
Already announcing their desire fill the vacancy are:
Clayne Arthur, Centerville, a sales engineer for Rosemont; Nancy Gibbs, a Centerville City councilwoman; Melvin Green, Centerville, self-employed; Nancy Groll, a Centerville homemaker; Sherilin Rowley, Centerville, executive director of the Davis County chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens; and Ann Smedley, wife of the late representative.
Neil Crist, Bountiful, also applied for the job but was disqualified when the party learned he was outside the district's boundaries.
Graham said the party has also received inquiries from Davis County Commissioner Dub Lawrence, who ran an unsuccessful race this year in the 1st Congressional District. Lawrence's term on the commission expires at the end of December.
"Dub called me and asked when the meeting was but didn't tell me if he was interested," Graham said. "But he was in the (court) clerk's office the other day looking at the map to make sure he lives in the district."
Many of the applicants have been sending resumes and making phone calls this week to the top two officials of each voting district committee within the legislative district.
The officials will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the County Commission Chambers to choose three names to send to Gov. Norm Bangerter, who will select one person to serve the two-term office.
Graham said Ann Smedley would have to be considered the favorite.
"It's been a tradition that if the spouse wants (the vacancy), the spouse gets it," said Graham. "But anything could happen."