Salt Lake County Attorney Doug Short may be a Republican, but he's a hero to the Salt Lake County Libertarian Party.
Libertarian candidate K. Brent Olsen hopes Short will endorse his candidacy for the Salt Lake County Commission. "I think it's a good possibility," he told party members. Olsen and others praised Short during the party's convention Saturday at the Salt Lake County complex.Short hasn't decided who he's endorsing for the commission seat. "But it's probably a safe bet that I won't be endorsing Brent Overson. I've been disappointed in his performance," the county attorney said Saturday.
Short has placed "checks and balances" on the commission, Olsen said during his speech to the party. Many of the reasons Olsen cited for running were issues Short has clashed with the commission over. For example, Olsen opposes giving $3.5 million in economic development tax increments to developers of the Cottonwood Corporate Center. Short, too, opposes the move.
Short is currently investigating the commission's "crimes," Olsen told supporters. "Maybe we ought to voluntarily fund him," a party member shouted from the au-di-ence.
Olsen told his party he believes he can win against Overson, partly because Overson has been involved in so many controversies with Short.
The commission race is a crowded one. Overson, Olsen, two Democrats, a Republican and an independent are vying for the post.
Olsen beat out Bryant Larsen for the chance to represent the Libertarian Party. Olsen received 20 votes, Larsen received 4.
Both Olsen and Larsen agreed to a vote at the convention rather than a primary, which would be funded by taxpayers. The party opposes taxpayers financing primary races.
That race was the only contested race in the party. House District 27 was originally contested, but candidate Arthur Reilly withdrew, deciding to seek the lieutenant governor's seat. Ronald Amos received the party's nomination.