The Republican and Democratic candidates for Utah Attorney General faced off in their first televised debate last night.
The debate between Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes and Democratic candidate Charles Stormont was adversarial from the beginning. In their opening statements, both candidates attempted to poke holes in the credentials and actions of their opponent. While the two did agree on a few issues, Stormont made it clear that he believes it’s a waste of taxpayer money to continue to defend Utah’s law banning same-sex marriage.
A growing group of Utah lawmakers want to take control of land inside the states borders that is managed by the federal government. Democratic Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont is arguing that the federal courts should not be the place to stage that fight.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will be the Republican nominee in the special election to replace former AG John Swallow. Reyes was the only republican candidate running. He has been working as the AG since January when Governor Herbert appointed him to replace Swallow. At the GOP state convention on Saturday, Reyes reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for Utah’s Amendment 3.
Sean Reyes was officially sworn in as the new Attorney General of Utah today in a ceremony at the State Capitol.
In a crowded Capitol Rotunda Sean Reyes took the oath of office to become Utah’s next Attorney General. The ceremony comes less than a year after former Attorney General John Swallow took the same oath, only later to resign in the midst of several investigations into his conduct. Reyes says his first job is to restore the public’s trust in his office.
Governor Gary Herbert has selected Sean Reyes to be Utah’s next Attorney General. He says all three of the candidates referred to him were qualified for the job, but ultimately it was Sean Reyes’ experience in both the public and private sector that made him the one who would fit best.
“He is eminently qualified for this responsibility and this job and I think it comes at a time that is unique in our state’s history, that’s going to take a unique personality to come in and turn the office around,” Herbert says.