2019 State Organizing Convention

2019 State Organizing Convention

Call to Convention

May 4, 2019

  • Registration: 8:00 am
  • Convention Start Time: 10:00 am

Location: Utah Valley University, UCCU Center

800 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

Parking Information


Booth Information

2019 Booth Pricing
Any questions please contact Convention Coordinator Shawn Milne
(801) 514-4444
Candidates for Party Offices will get to choose their booth locations first, then others that have purchased booth space will get to choose. Quads will choose first, then Doubles, then Singles.

Speaking Order:


State Delegate Changes & Questions

Any changes/replacements to State Delegates should be handled through the County Party Chairs.
If you have any questions please contact info@utgop.org.

State Delegate List

State Delegate List



Derek Brown

Candidate for UTGOP Chair

I am running to be Chair of the Utah Republican Party.

As a lifelong Republican, I am committed to seeing that our party is united, strong, and can win tough elections.

During the past decade I have served as:

- Senator Mike Lee’s Deputy Chief of Staff and State Director
- A member the Utah House of Representatives
- Republican Party Delegate
- A volunteer on numerous winning Republican campaigns

As Chair of our party, I will be committed to winning elections, including those seats that we lost in 2018.  You—the delegate—play a critical role in selecting those candidates that support our platform, and it is the party’s responsibility to make sure that those candidates are elected!

Thank you for serving as a delegate,

Derek Brown
T  385.465.4778

Chadwick H Fairbanks III

Candidate for UTGOP Chair

For more information, please visit my campaign website: http://www.utahgopforchadwick.com

Please send emails to: utahgopforchadwick@gmail.com

Please call or text to: (385) 265 - 2423

Sylvia Miera-Fisk

Candidate for UTGOP Chair

Sylvia Miera-Fisk resides in Bountiful. Married to Glenn Fisk. Parents of 11 children, 22 grandchildren. From Sandy, Utah Owner of Fisk Productions LC

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Phill Wright

Candidate for UTGOP Chair

I have been a registered Republican for nearly 40 years. My first vote cast was in 1980 and I’m proud to say I helped elect Ronald Reagan to be our 40th President! I have lived in Davis County for more than two decades and have worked at every nearly every level of the Utah Republican Party, including Chair of the Utah Delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention, State Party Vice-chair, Davis County Party Chair, and fifteen-time state or county delegate.

I’ve been involved so long my hair turned white! But, that white hair comes from experience and perspective our party needs at this challenging time: We need to grow our party by “Working from the Ground Up!” If you agree our party should grow from the roots - it’s grassroots - I ask for your vote at the upcoming state convention on May 4.

Visit my website at www.votephillwright.com


Kera Birkeland

Candidate for UTGOP Vice-Chair

My husband, Lars, and I have been married for 17 years. We have six children who are our priority in life. I teach preschool and officiate high school basketball. We live about 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, in beautiful Morgan County.

Over the past eight years I have served in various positions within the Utah Republican Party. I have been a County and State Delegate, a National Delegate to the RNC, a County Vice-Chair, County Chair and currently the Vice- Chair of the Utah Republican Party.

As both County Chair and State party Vice-Chair, I have organized fundraisers, meet the candidate events, and trainings. I greatly enjoy building up the party and supporting Republican candidates. I take that responsibility very seriously.

As County Chair and State Party Vice-Chair, I have exhibited the ability to listen to all points of view. We can find common ground, while maintaining our principles. Having been a State Delegate, I have a deep appreciation for the caucus system. I believe it provides the best way for grassroots participation and representation. We are, however, the party of freedom, and our candidates currently have the freedom to choose between two paths to the ballot. Let's make the caucus and convention system the preferred path!

My goal is to build the Utah Republican Party through the following:

1.Provide support and training to county parties, our Republican candidates and elected officials.

2. Promote our platform.

3. Follow our party constitution and bylaws.

4. Increase voter outreach. We must focus on reaching out to our youth. Many elections will be won with the young Republican vote.

5. Bring back donors and focus our outreach on grassroots fundraising.

6. Work with the State Central Committee members to help make our meetings efficient and enjoyable. Our committee meetings should be a place where all ideas to improve the party are vetted and the best ideas are implemented.

Lane Ronnow

Candidate for UTGOP Vice-Chair

Lane Ronnow, candidate for Utah State GOP Vice Chair. was educated at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, with continuing education at the University of Utah College of Law and UCLA Extension Department. He currently lives in St. George, Washington County, Utah.

He has over forty years management, consulting and broadcast media experience and has served as a Justice Court Judge in Salt Lake County, Utah.

He is a lifelong Republican serving in the past as Weber County GOP Chair, Legislative Chair in Salt Lake County, state and county delegate and State Central Committee member in Salt Lake, Weber and Washington counties.

His career includes television and radio news production and broadcasting, department director in a county government, CFO for School Districts, Housing Authorities, Behavioral Health Management Companies, and consulting work for businesses, governmental agencies political parties and Not For Profit Corporations.

He is a “National Award of Merit” winner for “Administrative Innovation” presented by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Membership and participation in professional and community organizations include the American Public Works Association, International Conference of Building Officials, Association of School Business Officials, National Journalistic Society, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials, the California Disabilities Services Association, and member of the Board of Directors for the Kern County Hispanic Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

As producer and host of "A Story To Tell" he has interviewed over two hundred fifty people, including but not limited to Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, Congressman Chris Stewart, Attorney General Sean Reyes, Speaker Greg Hughes along with many other national, local and state officials and mostly just ordinary people like the rest of us. Some of the interviews are available at the website below.

Contact Lane at: (435) 272-3660 or tellmystorylane@gmail.com

Aaron T Starks

Candidate for UTGOP Vice-Chair

An Innovative Vision

  • Create a statewide strategy that is clear, concise and promotes participation within the party at all levels. This strategy will include aggressive goals for fund raising, recruiting and volunteering.
  • Structure the party to increase technological capability, thus improving delegate’s ability to participate from rural areas in Utah. Currently, delegates from rural counties sacrifice time and money to attend committee meetings, events, etc. We should explore options for virtual attendance.
  • Successfully increase fund raising efforts to support candidates, fund internal operations and invest in further technologies to improve party performance, i.e. website improvements, candidate promotions and voter education efforts.
  • Establish stronger ties within the community through furthering volunteer efforts statewide. This should include efforts to educate youth in the areas of government, personal finance and citizenship. This should be an active, ongoing effort in each county.

To learn more about Aaron Starks visit: https://electstarks.com/



Kendra Seeley

Candidate for UTGOP Secretary

Lisa Shepherd

Candidate for UTGOP Secretary

Withdrew from Election for UTGOP Secretary: Kris Udy


Michael Bird

Candidate for UTGOP Treasurer

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