Three state lawmakers enter race to replace Rep. Chaffetz

Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Representative Jason Chaffetz will give up his seat on June 30, 2017, and there is no shortage of people interested in replacing him.

That includes three state lawmakers who want to take their game to the next level.

State Senator Deidre Henderson made her bid official Friday.

"As a mother, as a business owner, as a wife, as a state senator how difficult it is when the federal government comes in and dictates to us, and tells us what we have to do. And so, I decided I need to practice what I preach, and throw my hat in the ring, because my goal is to leave Congress less powerful than it is when I walk in the door," said Henderson, (R) Spanish Fork.

Henderson's colleague, State Senator Margaret Dayton is also in the race.

"When you've got the federal government putting themselves between physicians and their patients, when you've got the federal government trying to tie up our lands when you don't have input from the state, it is essential that we have somebody involved, in Congress who has already proven that they do not want to vary the Constitution, and they want to honor our state's sovereignty and protect our voice," said Dayton, (R) Orem.

And across the hall at the State Capitol, in the House there is interest as well. State Representative Brad Daw says he's up for the challenge.

"I'm not afraid to jump on hard issues, to push back against people who maybe don't want to change things. You look at what I've done with opioid abuse, payday lending, with cannabis legislation, you'll find me right in the mix there trying to find the right solution," said Daw, (R) Orem.

They are joining American Fork attorney Damian Kidd in the battle for the republican nomination.

And the list is likely to get longer.

Other potential republican candidates include; Provo Mayor John Curtis, UVU President Matthew Holland and former Utah GOP Chair Thomas Wright.

One the democratic side, Dr. Kathryn Allen, Ben Frank and Carl Ingwell are running.
 


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