Another member of the extended Osmond Family has become a public figure. On March 31st, 2011, South Jordan real estate broker Aaron Osmond was elected by 190 Republican delegates to replace outgoing District 10 Senator Chris Buttars. Osmond defeated House District 47 Rep. Ken Ivory in the second round of voting with 69 percent of the vote. The specific results of the voting are documented HERE; there were 12 candidates. Osmond's name will now be forwarded to Governor Gary Herbert, who is expected to approve the selection and formally appoint Osmond to fill the remainder of Buttars' term, which expires in 2014. Media references include Salt Lake Tribune, KSL Channel 5, and KSTU Channel 13.
And yes, Aaron Osmond is one of "those" Osmonds. He is the son of George Virl Osmond Jr., one of the oldest of the original Osmond brothers and who was born with hearing disabilities. But despite the famous name, Aaron Osmond has achieved success in his own right, running a real estate investment education company called Real Estate Investor Support LLC. So while his name may have gotten him through the door, his political skills took care of the rest. Osmond unsuccessfully challenged South Jordan Mayor Kent Money in 2009. KSTU video embedded below:
Osmond believes Ken Ivory's involvement with HB477 influenced delegates. HB477 triggered a firestorm of criticism because it was perceived as excessively restricting public access to public records, and was subsequently repealed. Osmond said “In my perspective the people as well as the delegates were saying ‘you know what, it’s time to tell government enough is enough. Get out of our way, listen to us as a people. From House Bill 477 to House Bill 165, the people were very concerned about transparency in government. They’re concerned about their ability to make their voice known. And this tonight was the first election in the state of Utah that really gave that referendum back to the people up at Capitol Hill.” Ivory was on the committee that originally passed HB477. A secondary reason for the rejection of Ivory may have been the fact that he was already a serving House member. Had he been chosen, another special election would have been necessary to fill his seat.
Aaron Osmond says his primary focus as a senator will be in getting the government out of the way of small business. Osmond's credentials as a conservative are burnished by the fact that he was an early supporter of U.S. Senator Mike Lee, long before the state convention which propelled him to the primary and to subsequent election in November 2010. The support wasn't merely political; it was financial as well. Osmond also appeared to have some tentative support from the Utah Education Association (UEA).