Members of the Utah Republican state central committee selected Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet as their nominees for Attorney General. Governor Gary Herbert will now choose one of these candidates to replace John Swallow. He says he hopes to do it as soon as possible, and hopefully before Christmas.
“I’m going to interview them, I’m going to talk with them. It’s about restoring trust in the AG’s office and confidence for the people of Utah. And I think I’ve got three great people to choose from.”
Reyes, who previously ran against and lost to John Swallow in a GOP Primary, was the first person the committee selected. He says he was disappointed when he lost last time around and has worked hard for this second chance.
“I wish’d we could have been in that office for the last year helping the great legal professionals that are there, rebuild that office and recreate my vision, which is to focus on legal excellence, less politics and just fine legal representation.
It took several more rounds for both Smith and Tarbet to reach the required threshold of at least 50% of the votes. In fact, Tarbet, who is the acting Attorney General right now, only narrowly beat out Bret Rawson during the final round of voting.