Aaron Osmond Obtains Buttars' Senate Seat

Published on April 01, 2011 at 09:10AM

(SOUTH JORDAN)-A member of one of Utah’s most famous families is now a member of the state Senate.

Real estate investor Aaron Osmond won the Senate seat vacated by outgoing Chris Buttars Thursday in an election attended by GOP delegates.

In two rounds of voting, Republican delegates from District 10 chose Osmond over his 10 opponents, including Representative Ken Ivory of West Jordan who turned out to be his closest competitor.

Osmond said his primary focus will be to get the government out of the way of small businesses.

In 2009, Osmond unsuccessfully ran for the mayorship of South Jordan and he is the son of the oldest Osmond brother, Virl, who was born deaf and often didn’t perform with his siblings.

After Buttars stepped down at the end of the 2011 Legislative session, he endorsed his daughter, Christie Buttars Giles, as his replacement.

Ultimately, 10 candidates vied for the opening, including two GOP House members, Ivory and Representative Merlynn Newbold of South Jordan.

In the first round of negotiations, Osmond procured 34 percent of the vote but exponentially improved to 69 percent of the vote in the second round.