Kevin Van Tassell

Ronald Winterton (R) and Eileen Gallagher (D) won their primaries for State Senate District 26. They will face each other in the November election for retiring Senator Kevin Van Tassell's seat. In the Republican race, Park City resident Jack Rubin won handily in Summit and Wasatch Counties, but Winterton got more votes in Duchesne and Uintah Counties. Gallagher defeated challenger Pat Vaughn by only ten votes in Wasatch County, but dominated the race in the other counties. State Senate District 26 covers Summit, Wasatch, Daggett, Duschesne and Uintah counties.

Ronald Winerton

KPCW presents the final of three interviews with the Republican primary candidates for Utah Senate District 26. Experience and backgrounds vary widely, with two candidates living in the Uintah Basin and one residing in Park City. This last interview is with sitting Duchesne County Commissioner Ronald Winterton, a lifelong resident of the Uintah Basin. Carolyn Murray has this: 

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Republican Primary Candidate Ron Winterton about his run for Senate District 26.  County Council Member Glenn Wright discusses the Council's visit to the conference of Utah Association of Counties held in St. George. Shauna Weist, Executive Director of Connect Summit County previews Mental Health Awareness Month beginning with the first event on May 1.

The Republican State Convention was a culmination of a contentious year of GOP infighting. Reports emerged of bizarre speeches and candidates dressed like Lincoln, as well as sniping and arguing over the agenda and convention bylaws. Some delegates heckled one candidate and accused him of being disingenuous because he was sweeping miniature flag confetti from the convention floor. This came after the organizers blasted confetti throughout the hall to bid retiring Senator Orin Hatch farewell.

Senator Kevin Van Tassell is the outgoing 26th District representative.  He’s finishing 12 years in the Utah legislature representing an expansive swath of northeastern Utah.  The district includes five counties, some of which border Wyoming and Colorado.  The landscape and culture are diverse as are the interests and priorities of its 101,000 constituents.  Kevin Van Tassell provided KPCW with an update of his final session.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The 2018 candidate filing window closes at the end of business on Thursday.  Two contenders have filed for the State Senate seat being vacated by Kevin Van Tassell (R-District 26).  Jack Rubin, who lives in Park City, is one of them.  Rick Brough reports:

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After serving three terms on Capitol Hill, Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassell has decided to call it a day. Last week he chatted with KPCW's Rick Brough about his twelve years as a state senator and his plans for retirement.  Here's the story:

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Heading into his last session at the State Capitol, retiring Senator Kevin Van Tassell says the legislature will continue to pour new money in education programs for Utah students.  Rich Brough has the story:

Local News Hour - January 5, 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Today's show begins with the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center update from Greg Gagne. Next, Gail Barille, executive director of  the National Ability Center, and board president Brad Peterson explain their pro-veteran lobbying efforts at the state legislature and also discuss the Center’s expansion plans.  Then, newly seated Park City Council member Steve Joyce recaps last night's meeting and, finally, State Senator Kevin Van Tassell talks about his retirement and the upcoming legislative session, which will be his last.

Wayne Stevens (D) is challenging incumbent Kevin Van Tassell for his Senate District 26 seat, and Stevens says he's a fighter, not a follower. He also says he's looking out for the people, not big business.

His main issue is fighting a proposed phosphate plant on state land that, he says, will endanger Vernal's water supply. Rick Brough has more.

Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassell says he will be working hard to be elected to his third term, representing District 26 - even though he has two challengers this year. Rick Brough has more.

State Senator Kevin Van Tassell said he generally likes the alignment proposed for a Tesoro oil pipeline, from the Uintah Basin to Salt Lake - though he said there likely are some local issues here he isn't familiar with. Rick Brough has more.

Utah State Senator Kevin Van Tassell, whose District 26 includes the Park City area, has a Democratic challenger, Wayne Stevens, who is a Vernal resident, like Van Tassell.
Stevens talked to KPCW about environmental issues, and said he favors the proposed Tesoro oil pipeline.