Utah senator, mayor amongst leading candidates for Chaffetz'' s seat

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Rick Bowmer/ AP In this May 20, 2017 picture, state Sen. Deidre Henderson speaks during the Utah GOP Convention, in Sandy, Utah. Henderson and Provo Mayor John Curtis lead a jam-packed field of candidates squaring off for the open congressional seat soon-to-be left by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Friday, Might 26, 2017|5:12 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY– State lawmakers and a mayor were amongst those anticipated Friday to lead a packed field of more than a lots contenders for the Utah congressional seat quickly to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Thirteen Republicans, 3 Democrats and one Libertarian have actually submitted to follow Chaffetz announced he would step down next month from the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from rural Salt Lake City to desert towns in southeastern Utah. Friday is the final day to file to run.

Republican state Sen. Deidre Henderson could be a crucial candidate. She has actually served in the state Senate since 2013 and was Chaffetz’s project manager in his first run for workplace.

John Curtis, mayor of the city of Provo, which is home to the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University, might likewise get some traction. Regardless of name recognition and a performance history as a popular mayor, he might struggle to acquire enough support at his celebration’s convention after formerly running as a Democrat prior to becoming a Republican in 2006.

Curtis, a moderate-leaning Republican, said his most significant policy concerns consist of promoting smarter spending, securing Utah’s monuments and strengthening Americans’ rely on law enforcement.

Boyd Matheson, a veteran Utah Republican strategist, forecasts that Henderson and Curtis would be crucial competitors, along with GOP Sen. Margaret Dayton, who has actually served considering that 2006, and Chris Herrod, a loan officer in Provo who had been a Republican state agent for five years starting in 2007.

But other prospects also could do well, Matheson stated, consisting of GOP Rep. Brad Daw and Republican Tanner Ainge, boy of Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge.

The packed field of candidates has a lot to do with the election doing not have an incumbent, stated Matheson, who runs the conservative Sutherland Institute.

“That this is an open seat actually opens evictions for people who would not go up and challenge an incumbent per se,” he stated.

A little handful of Democrats likewise have leapt in to the race, with Dr. Kathryn Allen expected to be the party’s front-runner. But they are expected to deal with an uphill battle given the district’s deeply conservative leanings.

Both celebrations were expected to narrow their candidate fields at separate conventions on June 17 before a Nov. 7 unique election.

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