Gov. Herbert takes control of special election process to fill Rep. Chaffetz's seat

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  • Principles66 Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 20, 2017 6:22 p.m.

    We already have a system that works. We should use the same system used to fill vacancies in the state legislature. We should have the state delegates representing this area for the vacancy vote on the temporary replacement until the next scheduled election. This is quick, cheaper and proven to work. We need our full 4 representatives in the US Congress.

    It is interesting that individuals are quick to criticize the legal costs spent over the past years, but so quick to spend a couple million dollars for a special election. Neither the legislature or the governor should choose the temporary replacement. It should be the state delegates.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    May 19, 2017 9:27 p.m.

    Good job, governor. The last thing we want is a closed republican caucus on capitol hill choosing one of its own to put on the ballot. Get the message representative Hughes, we don't trust your group in closed door meetings.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    May 19, 2017 8:02 p.m.

    Thank you Gov. Herbert.

    I definitely don't want a bunch of "party delegates" choosing the primary nominees.

    Let the voters vote and have their say before any "vetting" by party delegates. Read how Iran chooses who gets access to the ballot.

    Way to go Gov. Herbert! Lets not be like Iran.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 19, 2017 6:02 p.m.

    Chaffetz will leave effective June 30th. So, we wait until August for a primary, then November for an election? I will not be represented in Congress for 5 months?

    THe Gov. needs to have the power to appoint a temporary Congressman until a replacement can be elected.

    Politicians filing lawsuits to delay this should not be elected to any office again, ever!

  • Rufus Cedar Hills, UT
    May 19, 2017 4:54 p.m.

    Thank you, Governor Herbert! Let the voters have their full, unfiltered say.

    Executive overreach? No way.

    Utah law states: "When a vacancy occurs for any reason in the office of a representative in Congress, the governor shall issue a proclamation calling an election to fill the vacancy." Section 20A-1-502(1) Utah Code Ann.

    Hmm. Sounds like lawmakers are criticizing the governor for doing the job he is legally required to do. Good luck with the lawsuit. Hope you're using campaign donations and not taxpayer funds on that one.

  • Laps lapu Spanish Fork, UT
    May 19, 2017 4:30 p.m.


    It's a little naive to think Herbert is opposing the will of the State Legislature (the people's house) to help the people.
    The Governor is simply protecting his friends and gaming the system in their favor.

    Which one do you think is actually reflecting public interest: a unanimous state house and senate on one side or one governor?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    May 19, 2017 3:51 p.m.

    The voters always have a choice. They can vote for anyone they want.

    The Democrats can choose to nominate better candidates than Misty Snow and Hillary.

    What some want is to steal the GOP brand while opposing the bulk of the Republican platform.

    Let every party nominate who they will and then let the voters decide who they want. Stop trying to steal the GOP name. Theft is wrong.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    May 19, 2017 1:44 p.m.

    I hope the GOP elite ( we all know they are ) brought extra handkerchiefs today after hearing this news.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 19, 2017 1:40 p.m.

    The Utah GOP Legislature wants to play Kingmaker. That's the problem with a one party government in this state. Never thought I'd praise Herbert, but he seems to be the only one to give the public (the ones that pay the salaries of Utah politicians) a choice. C'mon Utah, vote some people out of office until they understand that WE matter.