(KCPW News) Salt Lake County Democrats decide tomorrow who will replace Scott McCoy to represent the second district in the Utah Senate. Four candidates have entered the race, and Ben McAdams, a senior advisor for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, is considered a frontrunner for the seat. However, County Democratic Party Chairman Weston Clark says at this point, anything is possible.
“Who knows what’s going to happen,” Clark says. “It’s hard, you know, to say that one of these candidates has the lead against the others, because the delegates are going to get together, and they’re going to listen to speeches and have some conversations and make a decision.”
In fact, Scott McCoy was considered an underdog when he was elected by the District 2 delegates. Clark says McCoy was relatively unknown before he was elected.
Clark says whoever wins the District 2 seat will have a very busy year with the general election just around the corner.
“They’ve got the legislative session and then very shortly thereafter, they’re going to have to run at convention. And they could have an opponent. It may depend on how the legislative session goes, but I would imagine that they probably will have an opponent,” Clark says.
Aside from McAdams, the other candidates for the District 2 seat include Arlyn Bradshaw, Brian Moss and Mark Towner. Bradshaw is the former state Party leader and aid to County Council Chairman Joe Hatch. Moss is the son of former U.S. Senator Frank Moss and one-time senate candidate himself. And Towner is a former Republican, once active in the County GOP, who has since joined the Democratic Party