Gower meets McIntyre in debate for Iron County Sheriff; candidate meet-and-greet

CEDAR CITY — The two candidates for Iron County Sheriff are set to face-off in a debate at Southern Utah University on Thursday, along with a candidate meet-and-greet.

Event flyer for the debate between Mark Gower and Dave McIntyre for Iron County Sheriff on Oct. 23, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Michael O. Leavitt Center, St. George News
Flyer for the debate between Mark Gower and Dave McIntyre for Iron County Sheriff on Oct. 23, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Michael O. Leavitt Center, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

The event will be hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service, and will take place inside the Living Room of the Sharwan Smith Student Center.

Iron County’s current sheriff, Mark Gower, was previously running unopposed in the election until Sgt. Dave McIntyre, of the Cedar City Police Department, threw his hat into the race in late August.

Gower had previously defeated McIntyre in April 2014 through the Republican caucus, making him the chosen Republican candidate. After taking the summer to consider it, McIntyre decided to once again enter the race, only this time, as a write-in candidate.

Before the debate begins, both sheriff candidates along with candidates for House Districts 71 and 72 and Senate Districts 28, will be available for a meet-and-greet session with members of the public.

Eric Kirby, executive director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center, said events like this are important for both members of the community and current SUU students to attend.

Politics … is here to stay so people might as well get to know who the candidates are and who might be representing them in these elected offices,” Kirby said.

While the Leavitt Center has partnered with other organizations for previous debates in 2014, Kirby said the debate for Iron County Sheriff is one hosted solely by the Leavitt Center. This will also be the final event the Leavitt Center will host regarding the upcoming November elections.

The first portion of the candidate meet-and-greet will be from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by the debate between Gower and McIntyre from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.

Following the debate, all candidates will once again be available to meet with any students or members of the community to address any questions or concerns.

Those wanting to learn more about the debate can visit the Leavitt Center website, or learn more about the sheriff candidates’ positions on issues by visiting their Facebook pages.


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  • My Evil Twin October 22, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I don’t know either candidate, but it sure sounds like McIntyre isn’t smart enough to “take a hint,” even when he is hit upside the head with it. . .

  • Tinker Toys October 22, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I hope this is recorded for those of us who work and cant make it.

  • beerbelly October 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    How does being a Republican or Democrat make you a better candidate for Sheriff?
    If you have an answer to that question you should not run for Sheriff. If you let your political ideology or beliefs interfere or influence the way you uphold your position as Sheriff you are not worthy of the office!!!
    Sheriff along with County/State Attorney, Auditor, and Treasurer need to be nonpartisan elected positions. This will never happen in this State, but maybe common sense can prevail.
    Write-in the Nonpartisan Candidate as your vote for a Nonpartisan Sheriff’s Office.

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