Iron County GOP

State Delegate Convention Guide

Welcome, State Delegates!

There are at least 26 proposed Amendments to the Utah Republican Party’s Bylaws and Constitution that Chairman Rob Anderson will likely be addressing, and so we have provided a guide to help navigate them. 

The following are guides provided by Keep My Voice, though we do plan to share our own list of recommendations as time allows while preparing for the Convention.

 

Sam Brower – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party. 

1. What will be your highest priority if elected to County Office?

Awaiting response 

2. Recently, Cedar Highlands voted to incorporate as the newest Town of Iron County. Will you protect the natural right of self-determination for citizens of Iron County?

Awaiting response

3. Conflicts of Interest

Awaiting response

4. Generally speaking, County employees should:

Awaiting response

5. Previous County Commissioners voted to increase their base pay under the premise of being full time. Will you commit to be a full time Commissioner?

Awaiting response

6. Describe the road funding allocation formula.

Awaiting response 

7. How would you describe your ability to use technology?

Awaiting response

8. What is PILT?

Awaiting response

9. How many County Commission meetings have you attended in the last 5 years?

Awaiting response

10. Should the County Commission be a 3 or 5 member body and why?

Awaiting response

Michelle Jorgenson – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party. 

1. What will be your highest priority if elected to County Office?

Awaiting response 

2. Recently, Cedar Highlands voted to incorporate as the newest Town of Iron County. Will you protect the natural right of self-determination for citizens of Iron County?

Awaiting response

3. Conflicts of Interest

Awaiting response

4. Generally speaking, County employees should:

Awaiting response

5. Previous County Commissioners voted to increase their base pay under the premise of being full time. Will you commit to be a full time Commissioner?

Awaiting response

6. Describe the road funding allocation formula.

Awaiting response 

7. How would you describe your ability to use technology?

Awaiting response

8. What is PILT?

Awaiting response

9. How many County Commission meetings have you attended in the last 5 years?

Awaiting response

10. Should the County Commission be a 3 or 5 member body and why?

Awaiting response

Michael P Bleak – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party.

1. What will be your highest priority if elected to County Office?

Awaiting response

2. Recently, Cedar Highlands voted to incorporate as the newest Town of Iron County. Will you protect the natural right of self-determination for citizens of Iron County?

Awaiting response

3. Conflicts of Interest

Awaiting response

4. Generally speaking, County employees should:

Awaiting response

5. Previous County Commissioners voted to increase their base pay under the premise of being full time. Will you commit to be a full time Commissioner?

Awaiting response

6. Describe the road funding allocation formula.

Awaiting response

7. How would you describe your ability to use technology?

Awaiting response

8. What is PILT?

Awaiting response

9. How many County Commission meetings have you attended in the last 5 years?

Awaiting response

10. Should the County Commission be a 3 or 5 member body and why?

Awaiting response

Fred Rowley – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party.

1. What will be your highest priority if elected to County Office?

Addressing water issues 

2. Recently, Cedar Highlands voted to incorporate as the newest Town of Iron County. Will you protect the natural right of self-determination for citizens of Iron County?

Yes

3. Conflicts of Interest

I will commit to divest from any business interest, opportunity, partnership, etc in order to remove any potential Conflict Of Interest

4. Generally speaking, County employees should:

It depends on the specifics of the individual and/or department.

5. Previous County Commissioners voted to increase their base pay under the premise of being full time. Will you commit to be a full time Commissioner?

From day 1

6. Describe the road funding allocation formula.

B & C Road funds are allocated to counties and communities by the state legislature and are calculated on a combination of population and miles of road in the boundaries of the entity. 

7. How would you describe your ability to use technology?

Average

8. What is PILT?

Payment in lieu of taxes–a partial payment by the Federal Government for tax revenues lost because the land isn’t in private hands. 

9. How many County Commission meetings have you attended in the last 5 years?

Less than 5

10. Should the County Commission be a 3 or 5 member body and why?

With the right people, a three member body is better because less time is spent arguing each person’s opinion and things can get done more efficiently. The other elected officials in the county offer somewhat of a checks and balances to the system. With the wrong three people, there are not enough checks and balances to keep things from going off the deep end. While I’m comfortable with a three-member commission, I’m certainly not averse to exploring the possibilities of moving to five. 

Chad Dotson – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party.

Do you support informing the jury of the potential sentence for each alleged offence?

No
I believe that a jury should determine the guilt or innocence of a person based on the facts and evidence presented at trial and whether or not the evidence meets the elements of the alleged offence. 
While I am not opposed to the idea of juries having input on what a just sentence should be, I feel that the potential sentence of alleged offence is not important to the fact finding mission of a jury. Indeed, the potential statutory sentence of any given offence is often not even close to what a person receives after being convicted of a crime.
For example, 90 days in jail with a $750 fine is the potential sentence for Public Intoxication. However a very routine sentence for this type of offence is a smaller fine, substance abuse evaluation, and community service.

Do you support informing jurors of their power to nullify an unjust verdict? Do jurors have a right to know about this option in every case?

Yes, strongly support informing jurors in all cases

If elected, what are three changes you wish to enact?

  1. A famous Navy Seal said that “There can be no leadership when there is no team.” I will develop a spirit of collaboration and unity with our partners in the justice system and members of the community. We will come together, keeping open lines of communication to identify and solve problems. My experience serving in the U.S. military, and as prosecutor have shown me that when we work together to solve problems, we come up with solutions that are more creative, more targeted, and which are better for our community.
  2. As county attorney I will attend county commission meetings and be available and approachable to county officials. Additionally, all deputy county attorney’s in the office will be available to help county officials in civil matters. As our county grows, the County Attorney’s office will rigorously and meticulously assist county officials avoid pitfalls, and litigation. Additionally, we will give advice to place the county on the surest legal footing in order for Iron County to move forward and thrive.
  3. As a parent of small children I share the fear and anxiety that comes along with sending a child to school in the 21st century. While we can never prevent all tragedy while living in a free society, we must be diligent in holding violent offenders accountable. We must make sure that restricted persons and convicted felons are not gaining access to firearms in our community. When they do, they must be prosecuted and held accountable. As County Attorney, my team will work strategically with law enforcement to keep our schools, homes, and community safe by holding accountable those who victimize our people.

What is your position regarding “civil asset forfeiture”

Civil asset forfeiture can be abused, and should be limited to only extreme cases

How do you propose to reduce the harm done to our community resulting from drug abuse? Do you think there are better ways to combat this problem?

As a prosecutor in the Iron County Attorney’s Office I have been on the front lines and have witnessed the harm done to our community from drug abuse. We need to be smarter in how we combat this problem. One way we do this is alternative courts. I am currently the Iron County Drug Court prosecutor in the 5th District Court where I work with the treatment team to help individuals with addictions who want to better their lives. This phenomenal team assists participants gain housing, employment, and sobriety. Many participants enter the program homeless, with felony convictions, and negative associations. When successful, participants graduate the program sober, with jobs, and often reunited with family and positive peers. When qualified candidates can make these changes, they will no longer abuse drugs, steal and lie to feed their addictions, and become contributing members in society. 
Another key component to combat the drug problem is finding and stopping dealers and suppliers. I work closely with the Iron/Beaver/Garfield Counties Narcotics Task Force. We work together to disrupt drug dealers operations and send them to jail. The Task Force is a motivated group and I am proud to have the endorsement of Commander Jeff Malcom, Agent Dane Glazier, and Agent Tyler Uresk. 
We can and must continue to adapt and reassess our strategy as we combat this problem and find solutions for the 21st century.

Scott Burns – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party.

Do you support informing the jury of the potential sentence for each alleged offence?

Yes. 

That said, in Utah sentencing is the sole province of the Judge and jury members are specifically instructed that they are not to consider the potential sentence. Other states, as many may know, allow a jury to determine guilt or innocence and if guilty, to determine the sentence. 

Do you support informing jurors of their power to nullify an unjust verdict? Do jurors have a right to know about this option in every case?

Yes, strongly support informing jurors in all cases.

If elected, what are three changes you wish to enact?
  1. Utilize every skill i have, from 16 years as Iron County Attorney, 8 years serving President Bush in the White House, 5 years as the Director of the National District Attorneys Association (the spokesperson and key training program for America’s 2,500 elected County Attorneys and DA’s and their 40,000+ deputies) to heal wounds within the County Attorney’s Office, unite all elected and appointed officials in Iron County and make the Office respected once again.
  2. Totally assess the manner in which criminal cases are screened and prosecuted to ensure equal justice. I am alarmed by the rate of plea bargains in our County and I don’t think that is healthy. When I was County Attorney I tried over 150 felony jury trials, including 2 Death Penalty Cases, I tried 23 jury trials in one year alone — and I’m not necessarily saying that the only performance measure for “justice” is the number of jury trials in any given year, but I’m told the current office (where Mr. Garrett and Mr. Dodson work) averages 2 or 3 jury trials a year? If elected that will change.
  3. I will not delegate, as is the current practice, attending Iron County Commission meetings and being personally available to listen to and provide legal counsel to Commissioners and, just as important, all Constitutionally elected officials. I did that for 16 years when I was Iron County Attorney and I found that establishing that close working relationship was invaluable in preventing lawsuits, dealing with citizens in a fair manner and ensuring “good government”.
What is your position regarding “civil asset forfeiture”

Civil asset forfeiture can be abused, and should be limited to only extreme cases.

How do you propose to reduce the harm done to our community resulting from drug abuse? Do you think there are better ways to combat this problem?

Attorney General Sean Reyes asked me to run for Iron County Attorney, and he endorses my candidacy, and one of the main things we discussed was drug abuse — currently an opiate epidemic that is killing too many young people in our county — and all of the harms that come with this insidious problem. Are there better ways to combat this problem? — yes, we’ve done so very little. 

As the Deputy Drug Czar of the United States for 8 years under President Bush, we employed strong Prevention, Education and Law Enforcement … we must have all three. Unfortunately, much of our work (drug abuse decreased dramatically under President Bush) was destroyed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder and we are seeing the results in Iron County and across the country. 

I have established relationships with the foremost experts in America in the fields of Prevention, Education and Law Enforcement, and I will bring them here to assist me and our citizens to deal with this terrible problem we face … and i will seek grants and funding (I know how to do that as I oversaw a $12 billion dollar budget under President Bush) so that taxpayers aren’t burdened by my planned aggressive attack upon drug abuse. While humility is, I believe, one of the best character traits anyone can possess, I have to say that nobody is better prepared than I am to confront and combat drug abuse in Iron County ~ and i expect to be held accountable after 4 years as to whether or not we have reduced drug abuse dramatically in Iron County.

Del Schlosser – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party.

Cedar City Police Chief Adams recently posted a video on Facebook effectively endorsing and defending no-knock warrants. Which of the following describe your position on this issue?

I support no-knock warrants when there is verifiable information showing the ability to harm peace officers.

Will types of surplus military equipment do you think are appropriate for the county to accept and use? Which are not?

I believe the use of some military equipment to be appropriate. However, the use of this equipment must be evaluated of how it would be used before it is received. The use of this equipment should be used to protect the people we serve and the deputies in the field. It should be used to prevent the death of a deputy in a high-risk situations.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office currently has a MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle. This should be used as outlined above. Another item which I believe could be a benefit to all (residents and Law Enforcement) a Bearcat which is much smaller than an MRAP for the use in evacuations and rescue missions.

Things I do not approve of: Fully automatic M-16’s, Stingray Technology, Hailstorm, Grenade launchers and other like equipment. Stingray and Hailstorm technology is a clear violation of the fourth amendment and should not be used by any department/agency.

Do you support efforts to unionize the sheriff’s office?

No. *This candidate submitted a more detailed response, which has been included at his request below.

What enforcement authority do federal agencies have in the county and how can the Sheriff prevent federal overreach?

The sheriff can work with the local agents and administrators in understanding the role of the sheriff. Having a good working relationship with the agents, will help them understand the sheriff has the ultimate say in the enforcement of crimes in his county. If an agent is found to be outside this realm, then the sheriff must stand up against this at all times and in all places.

What is your position regarding “civil asset forfeiture”

Civil asset forfeiture can be abused and more transparency and accountability would be useful

How do you propose to reduce the harm done to our community resulting from drug abuse? Do you think there are better ways to combat this problem?

The first thing we need to do is better educate the community on the drug problem and its effects to the community. Second would be to assist those who are wanting a change in their life to seek treatment. Forcing a person into treatment does not help the issue. The individual has to want to get clean and remain clean. Of those who are in treatment only 21% or less remain sober. Jail is not always the best place, however there are times where that is the best option. 

If elected, I would be actively involved with the local and state agencies to find and implement the best solutions for this issue. I believe there are multiple options to solve this issue if we work together as a community. 

*The reasoning behind unionization has passed as we are moving forward in a positive direction.  

Caleb Anderson – On the Issues

The following questions were asked by the Advocates for a Prosperous Community, in conjunction with the Iron County Republican Party.

Cedar City Police Chief Adams recently posted a video on Facebook effectively endorsing and defending no-knock warrants. Which of the following describe your position on this issue?

I support no-knock warrants only when there is verifiable information showing the ability and willingness to harm peace officers.

Will types of surplus military equipment do you think are appropriate for the county to accept and use? Which are not?

The current equipment the sheriff’s office has in my opinion is appropriate and is used for officer safety which in turn makes law enforcement operations safer for everyone.

Do you support efforts to unionize the sheriff’s office?

No response

What enforcement authority do federal agencies have in the county and how can the Sheriff prevent federal overreach?

As sheriff I want to work with my federal counterparts, but when it comes to iron county the federal government will only proceed when approved by me The Sheriff if Iron County.

What is your position regarding “civil asset forfeiture”

More transparency and accountability would be useful.

How do you propose to reduce the harm done to our community resulting from drug abuse? Do you think there are better ways to combat this problem?

Holding people accountable for drug sales and use and working with our federal counterparts to get to the starting lineup me of the drugs coming into Iron County. Also education is a must if we want to help those people that are truly asking for the help.