Attorney General skips out on debate hosted by Salt Lake City service club

- SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – A scheduled debate between two attorney general candidates turned out to be a one sided affair.

Meeting with candidates face to face is a tradition as old as the Salt Lake City Rotary Club itself.

"I feel very strongly when they walk away with the facts they are much more educated where ever they go. And this thing becomes that concentric circle, if you will as they go out," said club member, Floyd Hatch.

This year the group selected the race for attorney general as one of interest.

"I think it is historic, for the first time we have one of the two that have been invited to come join with us," said Hatch.

They began reaching out to current Attorney General, Sean Reyes and his opponent, Charles Stormont four months ago.

They thought both candidates were in, but Reyes didn't make it in person.

Instead he appeared by video.

"I'm so sorry I can't be here with you today. I understand very much the long and historic tradition of this club," said Reyes on the video.

He promised to visit the club another time before the video was cut off for exceeding the four minute allotted time.

Stormont was disappointed he couldn't exchange ideas in person, but took full advantage of having the crowd to himself.

"There are a lot of business leaders, a lot of community leaders here and I’m just delighted to have an opportunity to share my message with them and let them know what we plan to do to get the AG's office back on track and to bring trust back to that office," said Stormont.

He told those in attendance he would not spend resources on the Amendment 3 fight, would create an independent ethics office to take anonymous tips and investigate allegations of misconduct, implement technology upgrades and provide more support to children and family services.

The club had a message of its own to candidates.

The show will go on, with or without you.

The Reyes campaign insists this is not about avoiding a debate, but a legitimate scheduling conflict.

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