Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May.
Wright has served as the state Republican party chairman for more than two years. He says he won’t seek another term in the post to spend more time with his family and dedicate his energy to his residential real estate brokerage firm. Wright says his biggest accomplishments are his efforts to strengthen Utah’s caucus system. He believes Utah should not move to a direct primary system for nominating candidates, but bring make caucus meetings more accessible to a larger group of people.
“The caucus system is a great system because it allows everyday people to run for office. You don’t have to be rich and famous. You don’t have to have a huge name ID and we want those Cinderella stories in politics. We want the everyday citizen to be able to run. We need to modernize our caucus convention system using technology and bringing the meeting to people in the ways that they live,” says Wright.
Wright wouldn’t rule out the possibility of running for future office as a Utah Republican.
“This is more of a ‘I’ll see you soon,’ than it is a ‘goodbye.’ The time of Thomas Wright in Utah politics has definitely not come to an end, it’s just come to an end as chairman of the Republican party,” says Wright.
Wright will preside over two more meetings as chairman: a state central committee meeting in April and the party convention in May where delegates will elect his successor.