(KCPW News) The Salt Lake County Republican Party has selected three potential replacements for County Councilman Jeff Allen, who’s resigning from his District 5 Seat. Steve DeBry, a captain with the Sheriff’s Office and a resident of South Jordan, won the most votes when the party’s central committee met on Saturday.
“There’s a lot of programs that have been started by Jeff Allen and the other county council, and I want to champion those and continue those and just really work hard and get busy and represent my constituents in that district,” he told KCPW.
Although the County GOP hopes the Democratic-controlled County Council will honor its top pick by choosing DeBry, the party was required by state law to pick two other nominees as well. Those are Troy Walker and Gregory Hawkins, who came in 2nd and 3rd place at Saturday’s meeting.
But DeBry, who ran against Democratic Councilman Randy Horiuchi last year, is confident that he’ll be selected.
“Even on the campaign trail last year when I ran against Randy Horiuchi, we got along quite well,” he said. “I think I’ve gained their esteem and they’ve gained mine. I think we could work quite well together, and I’m very confident that they’ll do the right thing and select me.”
Council Chairman Joe Hatch plans to invite all three nominees to the council’s first meeting in January. He hopes to swear in the new council member that same day.