side effect of this expansion into Arizona was Ivins' appointment as
county assessor of Mohave County, Arizona. In 1888 Ivins helped organize
the "Sagebrush Democrats" in a technique designed to move away from
the local People's and Liberal parties to new political divisions along
national party lines. Over the years he gained in political popularity
and influence, serving in a number of elected positions, as well as
Special Indian Agent for the Shivwits Indians. He was elected to two
terms in the Utah Territorial Legislature and, in 1894, was chosen as
a representative to the Utah State Constitutional Convention. In that
body, Ivins made a strong impression. He copied the following, from
the Argus, into his journal:
as almost everybody calls him, is one of the most popular Democrats in the territory, is broadminded, fair and honest, and would be a strong
candidate for any office within his party.
name became one of those mentioned frequently as candidate for the first
governor of the state of Utah. But another event intervened which permanently
halted any political aspirations.