"Last week the House GOP caucus – which is usually open – closed its
doors so members could discuss which among their colleagues are worried
about losing Nov. 6.
Sources tell UtahPolicy that while several seats were discussed, two at
the top of the “worried” list are Reps. Johnny Anderson,
R-Taylorsville/West Valley City, and Fred Cox, R-West Valley."
My race wasn't discussed this time during the House GOP caucus. I didn't bring it
up and I don't remember anyone else doing so either.
After the caucus, there were several members or candidates that were
asked to meet with two individuals that recommend campaign funding from
the house republican PAC, including me. At this point, I do not expect
any additional campaign funds coming from the PAC due to that meeting.
The PAC had been generous already.
The District I am in, and the newly drawn House District 30 have been a
swing district for many years. Take a look at the 2004 races for House
District 32 and 29. About 80% of the new house district 30 is the
current House District 32.
As someone that was not expected by some to win against Sherri Winder
twenty months ago, I did, even if it was by one vote in the 2nd round. I
had been optimistic of my chances anyway, and I am today. I beat a
Winder in West Valley City. A very nice lady and the Mayor's mom.
Sherri had name recognition and respect, but many of the delegates
picked me because they believed I would do a good job and I could win in
It was rumored at the time that a Rushton or other well known name would
run in 2012 for the democrats and that Sherri Winder was the only one of
the 4 candidates that could win the 2012 general election.
As it has turned out, I ended up with the part time job and Sherri
Winder landed the full time job working for Rep. Jason Chaffetz office.
She loved working there. I was shocked and sad when she died in an
accident a little over a year ago.
This year, the last ballots will not be counted and released until about
November 20th. While I hope to be enough ahead when the votes that are
counted on November 6th are announced, I am willing to wait, just like
the County Mayor's race did for the primary election.
During redistricting, I could have pushed for the recommendation that
the new District 32 not have another incumbent but would include part of
Kearns and West Jordan. I said at the time that I would rather have a
district that made sense and run against another incumbent.
When I found out where Rep. Fisher lived and the proposed boundaries, I
did push to move about 2000 people [shift the boundary lines] in the district so Rep. Fisher would
not have to look across the street and out of the new district. I lost
I have worked with some amazing people and unexpected resources and I am
optimistic for November 6th and November 20th. It only takes one vote
and everyone counts.
Fred C. Cox
Member of the Utah House of Representatives District 32 and running to
represent the newly drawn State House District 30
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