SALT LAKE CITY – State lawmakers and mayors were under the expected Friday to a Packed field of nearly two dozen contenders for the Utah congressional seat to be vacated soon by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
Five to ten Republicans, four Democrats, a Libertarian and two independents who have filed to run, according to Chaffetz announced he would step down next month from the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District, the suburb of Salt Lake City to the cities of the desert in southeastern Utah.
Friday is the last day to run the file for the majority of candidates.
Republican state Sen. Deidre Henderson could be a key (a candidate for. She served in the state Senate since 2013, and was Chaffetz’s campaign manager in his run for office in 2008.
John Curtis, the mayor of the city of Provo, which is home to the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University, were also able to have some traction. Despite the level of awareness and a track record as a popular mayor, he may struggle to win enough support in his party Convention, after previously run as a Democrat before becoming a Republican in 2006.
Curtis, a moderate-leaning Republican, said his biggest political issues include pushing for smarter spending, protection-Utah-monuments and strengthening Americans ‘ confidence in law enforcement authorities.
Boyd Matheson, a veteran Utah Republican strategist predicted that Henderson and Curtis would be the key contenders, along with GOP Sen. Margaret Dayton, who is the Senate has served since 2006, and Chris Herrod, a loan officer in Provo, Utah, had a Republican state representative for five years beginning in 2007.
But other candidates could also do well, Matheson said, including GOP Rep. Brad Daw, a Republican Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge.
The Packed field of candidates has a lot to do with the choice of a well-established, said Matheson is missing, who leads the conservative Sutherland Institute.
“The fact that this is an open space to really open the doors for people who wouldn’t go and challenge a well-established per se,” he said.
A small handful of Democrats have also jumped into the race, with Dr. Kathryn All expected that the party, the front-runner. But they are expected to face a tough fight, the district is deeply conservative tendencies.
The Republican and Democratic parties, conventions, narrow your candidate fields in separate at 17. June prior to Nov. 7 Special Election.