Call to Convention 2012
With 15 days until the State Convention, the call has been issued to the delegates. Here’s a message from Party Chair Thomas Wright.
Friday, April 6, 2012
OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION FROM THE UTAH REPUBLICAN PARTY
TO ALL STATE DELEGATES REGARDING THE STATE CONVENTION
Congratulations on being elected a State Delegate for the Utah Republican Party! The upcoming State Convention will be the biggest political event in Utah’s history. I encourage you to study the candidates, the Party Platform and other ballot issues you will be voting on which are all available at www.utgop.org. Please be invested in all races and plan to stay until the end of the convention. We have a lot to get done.
Check in and Registration – State Delegates will check-in by Congressional District and by last name. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and ends about 9:30 a.m. The general convention will start promptly at 10 a.m. Once the final credentials report is adopted by the convention body, registration will be closed. Please arrive early to avoid complications in participating. Please bring a photo ID.
Multi-County Districts – County Delegates at county conventions typically decide races for the State Legislature. But when a legislative district crosses over county lines then State Delegates participate in the election at the State Convention.
If you are a resident of the following district(s) please be in place at the South Towne Expo Center at the listed “Start Time” below. You will need to check in for the general convention in Hall 1 to receive your State Delegate credentials and electronic voting keypad (this will take 15 minutes). You will also need to check in again at your State House or State Senate election before the starting time.
Start Time Location Election
7:30am Hall 5 State House Districts 55, 58, 68, 70 and 71
7:30am Room 300D State House District 53
7:30am Room 400 State House District 29
8:30am Room 300D State Senate District 16
8:30am Room 400 State Senate District 23
8:30am Hall 5 State Senate Districts 19, 24, 27 and 28
8:30am Hall 5 (north) *State House Districts 1, 11, 12, 28, 54, 69, 71, 73
8:30am Hall 5 (north) *State Senate Districts 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26
*These races are not contested, but will be informally meeting for one hour.
Arrive early – Near the check in area, there will be over 150 booths with information from Republican candidates. This is great time to get to know the candidates!
Plan to be at the convention the entire day – The Convention will move quickly since electronic voting will be available for the first time in Utah Republican Party history. And, while we are doing everything possible to make this run efficiently, plan to stay for the entire convention; you owe it to yourselves, the candidates and your fellow Republicans. Our goal is to have 100% of the total delegates voting in all races. In 2010, hundreds of delegates left early and a later Congressional race was decided by as few as three votes! Please do not leave early.
Parking – Free parking is available at the South Town Expo Center. There is also a parking lot west of State Street near Crown Burger. Space is limited; please consider riding TRAX (www.rideuta.com) or carpooling. See the enclosed map for options.
Here are a few points to help the Convention be productive and enjoyable.
- Dress Comfortably – It will be a long day and will require some movement so we also encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- Hotels – Enclosed is information for area hotels that have offered special rates.
- Food – There will be food available for purchase from concession stands.
- Have an enjoyable time – This will be a great experience! There will be an information booth in front of Hall 3 if you have any questions.
Finally, if you are unable to make it to the Convention and need to be replaced, please make your County Party aware by Monday, April 16 to make a change. No replacements will be allowed after this deadline.
Again, I look forward to seeing you on April 21 for a very important and, what promises to be, a very exciting Republican State Convention.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. As the volunteer Chairman of the Utah Republican Party, my job is to make sure every State Delegate feels included and informed. As the old saying goes, “The only dumb question is the one that doesn’t get asked.” This is true before, during and after the convention.
Chairman Thomas Wright