Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dozens of candidates file for political office in Utah

By Dennis Romboy, Deseret News

Published: Fri, March 21 12:00 p.m. MDT

 Republican incumbents in three of Utah's four congressional districts face challenges from within their party this year. But no GOP candidates stepped up to run against appointed Attorney General Sean Reyes before Thursday's filing deadline. In addition to those offices, dozens of hopefuls filed to run for Utah House, Utah Senate and state school board.

Republican incumbents in three of Utah's four congressional districts face challenges from within their party this year. But no GOP candidates stepped up to run against appointed Attorney General Sean Reyes before Thursday's filing deadline. In addition to those offices, dozens of hopefuls filed to run for Utah House, Utah Senate and state school board.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican incumbents in three of Utah's four congressional districts face challenges from within their party this year.

But no GOP candidates stepped up to run against appointed Attorney General Sean Reyes before Thursday's filing deadline. In addition to those offices, dozens of hopefuls filed to run for Utah House, Utah Senate and state school board.

Candidates for all those race are listed on the state website www.elections.utah.gov.

The Republican and Democratic parties will pick nominees at state conventions on April 26.

Freshman Rep. Chris Stewart has three Republican challengers in the 2nd Congressional District. State Sen. Luz Robles is the Democratic candidate.

In the 3rd District, Rep. Jason Chaffetz faces two challengers in the GOP, while Rep. Rob Bishop has one in the 1st District.

Democrat Donna McAleer, who ran in 2012, is back to face Bishop. Salt Lake City resident Brian Wonnacott is the Democratic candidate facing Chaffetz.

Three Republicans — Bob Fuehr, Jennifer A. Johnson and Mia Love — are running for the 4th District seat held by seven-term Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, who is not seeking re-election. Doug Owens is the Democratic candidate.

The attorney general's race has candidates from five different parties, including Reyes, a Republican, and Democrat Charles A. Stormont, an assistant attorney general.

Here's a list of all candidates for the four congressional seats and attorney general:

1st District

Donna McAleer, Democrat, Park City

David Yu-Lin Chiu, Republican, Provo

Peter C. Clemens, Democrat, North Ogden

Dwayne A. Vance, Independent American, Salt Lake City

Rep. Rob Bishop, Republican, Brigham City

Craig Bowden, Libertarian, North Ogden

2nd District

Larry Meyers, Republican, St. George

Shaun McCausland, Constitution, La Verkin

Zachary A. Hartman, Republican, North Salt Lake

Vaughn Hatton, Republican, American Fork

Wayne L. Hill, Independent American, St. George

Rep. Chris Stewart, Republican, Farmington

Luz Robles, Democrat, Salt Lake City

Bill Barron, unaffiliated, Salt Lake City

3rd District

Ben J. Mates, unaffiliated, Salt Lake City

Brian Wonnacott, Democratic, Salt Lake City

Abraham, Independent American, Moab

Mark Hedengren, Republican, Provo

Robert J. Stevens, Republican, Provo

Zack Strong, Independent American, Provo

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican, Alpine

Stephen P. Tryon, unaffiliated, Cottonwood Heights

4th District

Tim Aalders, Independent American, Highland

Jennifer A. Johnson, Republican, Murray

Bill Peterson, Democrat, South Salt Lake

Mia B. Love, Republican, Saratoga Springs

Collin Robert Simonsen, Constitution, West Jordan

Bob Fuehr, Republican, Salt Lake City

Doug Owens, Democrat, Salt Lake City

Jim L Vein, Libertarian, Orem

Attorney general

W. Andrew McCullough, Libertarian, Lehi

Gregory G. Hansen, Constitution, Provo

Charles A. Stormont, Democrat, Salt Lake City

Sean D. Reyes, Republican, Cottonwood Heights

Leslie D. Curtis, Independent American, Payson

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1. Fitz
Murray, UT,
March 21, 2014

It appears that the Salt Lake County GOP has failed in finding a candidate for Senate District 3. This is hard to understand, especially when you consider the dismal record of the incumbent State Senator. The County GOP leadership get an F for not recruiting a Senate candidate in District 3.

2. GiuseppeG
Murray, Utah,
March 21, 2014

Fitz, it says you're from Murray. Is that the Senate District 3 portion of Murray? If so...why didn't YOU file? If it's because you're not a registered Republican, that's fine, but doesn't really put you in a very credible position to throw rocks at the volunteer County GOP leadership. If you ARE a registered Republican, you should remember that the advanced citizenship required for any successful republic isn't about what other people do for you, but rather how robust you are in your own civic duty. If it bothers you, you should have asked the County GOP leadership before the filing deadline if they had anyone who was already interested in running, and if not, step up to the plate.