SENATOR AL JACKSON RESIGNS FROM UTAH STATE SENATE
The Utah State Senate announced the resignation of Senator Al Jackson of Senate District 14 today. Senator Jackson was elected during a mid-term vacancy to replace Senator John Valentine.
The following Press Release was issued by the offices of the Utah State Senate:
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Senator Jackson recently released the following statement (www.votealjackson.com):
“After careful consideration, my family and I have decided not to seek reelection for the senate seat I currently hold. It is my intention to finish the next session with honor, as work remains in the areas of transportation, education and protecting the rights of all the citizens of Utah It has been an honor to serve the people of the 14th District, as so many of you have been so kind to my family and I. I’ve also enjoyed my association with incredible men and women, who faithfully serve the people of this great state. My family and I have made this decision based on several reasons, including the fact, we are moving back to the east coast to be closer to my aging parents; closer to where my firm operates; and the opportunity to be a part of Frank’s experience, as he’s chosen to be a student athlete at Duke University. Being able to watch him play basketball at Duke University is a dads dream, which I will now be able to realize. I am grateful for my time in the Utah State Legislature and wish this state well, as it moves into the future.”
The announcement of Jackson’s resignation triggers the process for a mid-term vacancy election to fill the SD14 seat.
THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION FOR THE MID-TERM VACANCY ELECTION HAVE YET TO BE DETERMINED.
The UCRP Steering Committee meets during its normally scheduled monthly time, the first Thursday of July.
The following is the process for filling mid-term vacancy found in the UCRP governing documents:
Bylaw 7 – Midterm Vacancy Replacements of Republican Elected Officials
A. In a midterm vacancy of a Republican Utah State Senator or House Representative for a district entirely within Utah County and in accordance with Utah Code 20A-1-503.2 and 3, the Party shall call a convention of the district’s county delegates to elect a replacement.
1. Such election shall follow the same voting procedures and rules used for Nominating Conventions as outlined in Bylaw 6, Section D, governing the selection of Party candidates, except as modified below.
a. If, after the round of balloting in which only two candidates remain, neither candidate receives at least sixty percent of the votes cast, the vote totals for each candidate shall be announced and voting proceed one last time. The candidate who then receives the most votes shall be the replacement.
b. In the case of a tie between the two remaining candidates, the selection shall be determined by a coin toss.
B. Eligibility. Any candidate who was registered as a Republican in the most recent general election and is currently eligible to file as a Republican candidate may file for a midterm vacancy.
C. In a midterm vacancy of one of the following Utah County Republican Elected Officials: Commissioner, Treasurer, Sheriff, Clerk/Auditor, Surveyor, Recorder, or Assessor and in accordance with Utah Code 20A-1-508; the Central Committee shall elect a replacement.
D. In a midterm vacancy for the County Attorney and in accordance with Utah Code 20A-1- 509.5.C., the Central Committee shall select three nominees.
E. In a “Temporary absence” for a military leave of a Republican elected official and in accordance with Utah Code 20A-1-513. 5.b.ii.A., the replacement shall be elected in the same manner as a midterm vacancy for the office being vacated as noted in this bylaw.
F. The Party Chair and Secretary, in accordance with Utah Code 20A-1-503-513, shall certify the selection.
Leadership of the Utah County Republican Party wish Senator Jackson and his family a safe transition to their new home, and success and happiness in the future.
Questions regarding this mid-term vacancy election should be submitted in writing to the UCRP Secretary, Kristen Chevrier, at firstname.lastname@example.org