Former Utah Rep. to lead search for GOP convention site

The Republican National Committee has tapped former congresswoman Enid Greene Mickelsen to lead the site selection committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Utah Republican National Committeewoman, who was known as Enid Greene Waldholtz during her one term in Congress in the mid-1990s, will lead the process of selecting a host city for the convention, which will likely be held in June or July of 2016 -- earlier than in recent years.

“Selecting the right city for our 2016 convention is an important decision that must be made carefully and methodically," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "I’m confident Enid Mickelsen is the right person to lead the Site Selection Committee in helping the RNC make that decision."

Potential hosts for the 2016 convention include Utah's neighbors to the south, east and west -- Arizona (Phoenix), Colorado (Denver) and Nevada (Las Vegas), respectively. Other hopefuls include Charlotte, Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio.

The RNC is meeting later this week in Washington. During that meeting, it will select the rest of the site selection committee.

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