Davis County Republican Party elects new leaders

Apr 22 2011 - 11:18pm

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LAYTON -- The Davis County Republican Party has new leaders.

Rusty Cannon was elected as the new county chairman Friday, with Kris Kimball as the vice chair, during the Organizing Convention of the Davis County Republican Party at the Davis Conference Center.

Cannon said he is ready to get to work in his new position.

"I am honored to be elected. ... First I want to organize the new executive committee and get them talking to each other."

Todd Weiler, a member of the State Central Committee, said Cannon "has the natural ability to get things done."

He added that Cannon is will be able to raise the level of fundraising in the party.

Cannon said he would like to see more people vote by mail and wants to see better training for delegates and precinct chairs.

"We lose too many kids to the Democrats. That has got to change," Cannon said when speaking to the delegates before the election. "We have a slow creep of liberal infestation into Davis County."

Cannon replaces Shirley Bouwhuis, who stepped down after two years as chairwoman because of health reasons.

"I had a great time being chair, but I have every confidence in Rusty Cannon. He will bring a new dimension and new excitement. He will do a great job because he has great ideas," Bouwhuis said.

Kimball said she is 100 percent committed to the system Utah uses to elect officials.

Adam Gardiner ran unopposed for secretary and Keith Major ran unopposed for treasurer.

Sixty-five percent of the delegates attended the convention. Also in attendance were county and state officials, including Gov. Gary Herbert.

Herbert said he would like to see America increase its exports and focus on growing the economy.

Both U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, as well as Rep. Rob Bishop, say the federal government needs to stop spending and cut the deficit.

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