POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Rep. Ferry still appearing on midterm ballot

Nov 7, 2022, 10:00 AM | Updated: 10:50 am

Rep joel Ferry, who is on the ballot this election, is pictured...

FILE: Rep. Joel Ferry, R-Brigham City, presents SB31, Water Rights Proofs on Small Amounts of Water, in the House chamber during the 2022 session of the Utah Legislature at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

BOX ELDER, Utah — The Box Elder Republican Party is closely watching a House race in Utah’s First District.  If former Representative Joel Ferry wins, the party will convene to find his replacement. 

Ferry’s name appears on the ballot despite already serving as the director of Utah’s Department of Natural Resources. Two lawsuits brought by democrats failed to force his name off the ballot.

The County GOP Chair, Dale Millsap said Ferry is expected to win in the heavily republican district.

“There’s a chance that somebody who really doesn’t represent the values of Box Elder County because it’s like 80% republican, becomes the next person to represent us for the next two years,” said Millsap. 

Josh Hardy is the Democrat candidate on the ballot. 

Ben Anderson, Democratic party spokesman, said voters still have a choice.

“Just because they have elected republicans for a long time, that doesn’t mean that the people there have any less interest in having a representative who actually wants to work for them, than just a placeholder on the ball0t,” said Anderson. 

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Rep. Ferry still appearing on midterm ballot