Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My final thoughts as parting Chair of the Davis County Republican Party

Dear Davis County Republicans,
Thank you for entrusting me to be your chair the last two years.   I have worked hard, along with the executive and central committee to promote, strengthen, and grow our party in Davis County.
I commit my support to your new DCRP Chair, Rob Anderson.  I will do all I can to help him become acclimated to the job. I appreciate his positive comments during his campaign speech, and I trust that he will work hard to continue the course that we have laid out over the past two years.
During the last two years, I have helped raise nearly $72,000 for the DCRP, among the highest in the State, and I am leaving the DCRP in great shape financially.
I am pleased to know that we elected and re-elected ALL Republicans in Davis County last year.  We also sent three new Republican legislators to the State House of Representatives.
I want to personally thank Brady Jugler, our party Secretary, and Joe Levi, Vice Chair, for the many hours creating and improving our new website, and Facebook, Twitter and Google+ presence.  This has allowed the DCRP to move into the 21st century.
Brady was also the brainchild behind our new DCRP Delegate Database System. This system allowed us to maintain our County and State Delegates within the DCRP, and not make us dependent on the UTGOP.
Our attendance at the 2014 nominating convention was among the highest in the State, and our recent organizing convention Saturday May 16, 2015 was also among the highest attended in the State.
As your Chair and a member of the State Central Committee, I worked hard to promote the Caucus Convention System.  I believe that it is the best system in the country to find, vet, elect, and hold politicians accountable to the people. There is no wonder that Utah has received national and even international accolades for the many successes in our State.  Neither I, nor you, would be involved at this level if not for the Caucus System.
I was very pleased to see the DCRP delegates overwhelmingly approve a resolution last Saturday, reaffirming our support for the Caucus System, and thanking the Central Committee, and the Executive Committee for their strong support of the Caucus over the last two years.  Davis County has truly been a leader in the State in support of our great Caucus System.
As your Party Chair I followed the direction of the DCRP Central Committee, the governing body, which passed a resolution in January of 2014 sustaining and supporting the Caucus Convention System.
Our candidate vetting system of neighborhood elections was attacked by the cleverly titled “Count My Vote” initiative. If this initiative had become law it would have created a path around our caucus system that would have allowed candidates to go directly to a primary without ever having to speak to a delegate.  If approved, it would have stripped the Party of its constitutional right to “choose a candidate selection process that will in its view produce the nominee who best represents its political platform” as stated by US Supreme Court Justice Scalia.
The Utah Legislature, in an effort to stop the CMV initiative, enacted SB54 – a law that most of them said they had to “hold their nose” when they voted for it.
I do not resent our legislators for passing SB54.  In fact, I applaud their effort to attempt to stop the threat of CMV.  Unfortunately, this bad piece of legislation goes further than CMV by creating an open primary where “Unaffiliated” voters can vote in our Republican Primary and help to choose OUR Republican candidate!
Like you, I don’t want NON-REPUBLICANS choosing my Republican candidate!  This is why the UTGOP is suing the State of Utah, to defend its Constitutional right to choose its own candidate selection process.
As your Party Chair, I was fair and always willing to listen to and even encourage people to share their thoughts and opinions, even if they were not popular or in line with the Party’s position. I believe that healthy dialog helps everyone make up his or her minds.
During the Central Committee Meeting last January, a woman interrupted me as I was speaking about a resolution in support of the Caucus Convention System.  She yelled from the middle of the auditorium that I should allow the Count My Vote supporters to present their side.  I invited her to the podium to take some of my time, and present her argument for CMV. After some coaxing, I finally got her to come to the podium.  I allowed her to speak for several minutes.  After introducing herself she said, “I believe that we need to do away with the caucus system because it is not representative of the people.”  In addition, she later added, “I am for Count My Vote.”
Afterwards, I shook her hand and thanked her for her courage to speak in behalf of what she believed.  The resolution to support the Caucus Convention was approved overwhelmingly, just like the new resolution presented at the Organizing convention last Saturday May 16th, 2015.  I allowed this woman to speak at the January 2014 Central Committee even though her comments were in opposition of the majority of the central committee of the DCRP.  Her name is Elaine Oaks.
There were some inaccurate comments made by some of the candidates at the organizing convention last Saturday.  They followed a theme of attacking the Party officers for those who claim that they did not receive notification regarding the convention.  Although I do not dispute that some may not have received email or even a post card, the Party is at the mercy of the information it is given by the delegates and the precinct officers. The party has no way of knowing that someone is not receiving notification, if the individual does not notify the Party.  I would encourage each of you to make sure that your contact information is always up to date.  Remember to contact the Party if you change your email address or phone number.
After the convention, I checked with our Constant Contact program and verified that both Elaine Oaks and Heather Gardner did in fact receive notification of the DCRP convention starting with the initial email on March 25th at 9:38 PM. To make sure that both were receiving and seeing email at the addresses used in the DCRP database, I sent each an email last Sunday to the same address, and each responded to me.
I do not dispute that do to human error, some may have been dropped or not added correctly to our system. However, it is not accurate to assume that if someone did or does not receive email that they have somehow been singled out, or that the Party has been negligent in its efforts to make proper notice of important events.
Over the last two years the DCRP has made proper notice to every important event.  The overwhelming crowds of nearly 98.7% attendance at our Nominating convention should make it clear that the Party has actually done a great job notifying delegates about our conventions.
It has been an honor to serve the last two years as your Chair of the Republican Party in Davis County. I can honestly this has not been an easy job, but, I have always told my children that nothing in life worth anything comes easy.  I have found that strength comes from standing firm with your convictions and never compromising your principles.
I recently heard a great man say, “We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition.  Let us, all of us, have the courage to stand for principle.  Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.” Thomas S. Monson
Thank you Davis County Republican Party!  I look forward to supporting the new party officers as we continue to promote the conservative values of the Republican Party.
Phill Wright

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dalane England, recipient of the 2015 Unsung Hero Award of the Davis County Republican Party

The theme this year was “Honoring The Unsung Hero.”  An audience of over 300 people dined on a wonderful meal while listening to many inspiring speeches and music. Not only was there a strong spirit of patriotism, but there was also a wonderful spirit of love and appreciation as stories were told by our elected officials of the unsung heroes in their lives.
Congratulations to Dalane England the recipient of the 2015 Unsung Hero Award of the Davis County Republican Party​. She was recognized on February 6, 2015 at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, for her creation of the US Constitution Day Celebration program for school children, that she has produced the last six years. Dalane was recognized by friends and associates for her unselfish community service. She received the award from Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and Davis County Republican Party Chairman, Phill Wright.
2015 DCRP Unsung Hero, Dalane England


Rod Arquette told a personal story of his father who worked tirelessly to provide for his family and help his community before dying at the early age of forty eight. US Representative Chris Stewart told the story of a young man who fought his entire life with a debilitating disease that confined him to a wheelchair yet, he never complained.  Representative Stewart brought the man and his mother to the event.
Attorney General Reyes told how he was given the opportunity to participate on a secret mission of the Operation Underground Railroad organization in a sex-trafficking sting operation in South America to help save children sold into slavery.  Congressman Bishop talked about the importance of remembering our history and those who have sacrificed much that we could live in this free land.
Senator Lee gave a rousing speech about the importance of playing a role in keeping America free and following the rule of law, and Governor Gary Herbert gave a wonderful speech about the importance of recognizing those everyday heroes in our lives.  Chairman Wright told the story of how he was able to reunite with his 9th grade teacher after 22 years and express to her what a life-changing impact she made on him.


The evening came to a conclusion with the announcement of the 2015 Unsung Hero Award. Party Chair, Phill Wright played a ten minute video that highlighted the achievements of the award recipient with her US Constitution Day program, Freedom’s Light, presented every year at Bountiful City Park on Constitution day.



  • Governor Gary Herbert
  • Senator Mike Lee
  • Senator Orrin Hatch


  • Congressman Rob Bishop


  • Congressman Chris Stewart


  • Senator Jerry Stevenson
  • Senator Stuart Adams
  • Representative Steve Handy
  • Representative Brad Wilson


  • Utah Press Association
  • Westech
  • Utah League of Credit Unions
  • America First Credit Union
  • Deseret First Credit Union
  • Goldenwest Credit Union
  • Wasatch Peaks Credit Union
  • Woodbury Technologies
  • Davis Hospital


Thank you to all of those who attended this great event.  A special thank you to our Master of Ceremonies KNRS radio host Rod Arquette, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes, US Senator Mike Lee, US Congressman Chris Stewart, US Congressman Rob Bishop, Utah Senator Stuart Adams and Utah Representative Brad Wilson. Thanks also to Donna Miner and Cathy Keen for a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
Kudos to Lincoln Day Chair Craig Foster and his committee.  A special thanks to Cathy Keen and Roland Whitesides for their tremendous work in getting sponsorships.  This was a very successful fund raising event for the DCRP.  Thanks also to Kathy Wilson, Tamerah Dortzbach, Natalie Levi, Shaun Wright, Ann Marie Oborn, DCRP Vice Chair Joe Levi, DCRP Secretary Brady Jugler, and all of the other volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this an enjoyable event.

If you did not get an opportunity to attend this years Lincoln Day Dinner, please plan on attending next year.  We promise that you will be filled with a wonderful meal and an incredible spirit of love, friendship and patriotism for this country given to us by divine providence.

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