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LANE RONNOW ENTERS RACE FOR UTAH GOP CHAIRMANSHIP

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Lane Ronnow, a 53-year-old public school administrator, has become the third person to vie for chairmanship of Utah's Republican Party.

The former president of the Weber County Republican Party, Ronnow will have to defeat Chuck Akerlow, who headed the state party from 1981 to 1985, and Richard Snelgrove, an unsuccessful 2nd congressional district candidate in 1988.At a news conference Tuesday, Ronnow said he expects to win despite not being well known among delegates from Salt Lake County.

"Based on my conversations with party people, I think my chances are very good," he said.

Republicans will meet June 17 to chose new state leadership.

Ronnow said he would concentrate on defeating Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, in 1990 and on preventing the Democrats from gaining more seats in the state Legislature. He also pledged to help the party recruit candidates, raise funds and organize on the grass roots level.