One of three candidates selected Tuesday night by the Davis County Republican Party will fill the two-year term of Rep. Stan Smedley, who died of cancer earlier this month.
Thirty-six voting district officials from Legislative District 18 chose Smedley's wife, Ann Smedley, Bountiful; Melvin C. Green, a Centerville businessman; and Wendell Wild, a West Bountiful city councilman.Mark Taylor, Davis County Republican Party chairman, said he will forward the names of the three candidates to Gov. Norm Bangerter, who has the final say on Smedley's replacement.
Taylor said Bangerter told him the decision would be made quickly. "I wouldn't be surprised if he decides this week."
GOP leaders said they are anxious to replace Smedley because the Legislature begins its annual session in January.
Smedley knew he was terminally ill but thought he had at least two years left to complete what would have been his third term, said State Sen. Lane Beatty, R-Bountiful, who later nominated Mrs. Smedley to the vacancy.
In addition to the three candidates who will be recommended to the governor, the following people sought the county GOP nomination: Clayne Arthur, who ran an unsuccessful race against Smedley during the primary race this year; Sherilin Rowley, the executive director of the Davis chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens; Nancy Gibbs, a Centerville city councilwoman; and Nancy Groll, a Centerville homemaker.
Absent from the nominations was County Commissioner Dub Lawrence, who some thought might seek the vacancy. Lawrence, whose commission terms ends Dec. 31, lost a bid last summer for the Republican nomination to the 3rd Congressional District race.
Legislative District 18 covers northern Bountiful, a small slice of northern West Bountiful and most of Centerville.