By Jared Bray, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Nov. 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah’s governor-appointed attorney general, Fil-Am Sean Reyes, won his first election on Tuesday night, earning himself another two years in office.
Reyes took 62.7 percent of the vote, compared to opponent Charles Stormont’s 27.5 percent. He called the victory “gratifying.”
“Don’t get me wrong. I liked being an appointed attorney general. But I love being an elected attorney general, because it reflects the will of the people, shows the support of the people,” Reyes said.
Reyes has been serving as attorney general since December, when Gov. Gary Herbert appointed him to replace John Swallow, who stepped down after accusations of campaign bribery and misconduct.
“We came in under some tough circumstances, and for us, it’s been really important to send the message that things are different,” he said.
Reyes, whose father fled the Philippines in the 1970s due to political persecution, said he plans on taking action on behalf of Utah’s Filipino American population throughout the next two years.
“Where I feel I can have the most impact are protecting all the citizens, including the Filipino community and their families, from violent crime, drugs, internet predators,” Reyes explained.
He also wants to help business owners succeed.
“The Filipino community, as you know, are very entrepreneurial. They love to start businesses. They contribute so much to our economy. Well, it’s important for me to protect the good businesses and make sure that bad businesses, those that lie and cheat and steal, are put away.”
Since 2012, Sean Reyes has gone from losing the primary election for attorney general to being appointed to the position by the governor to being voted into office by the people. He said he plans on running again in 2016.