In addition to the Republican special election convention being organized to advance one officially endorsed candidate into the primary election – former state Rep. Chris Herrod won last Saturday’s vote – Democrats held a companion nominating convention and actually chose their general election candidate. Physician Kathryn Allen (D), who was already challenging resigning Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Alpine/Sandy), won the convention vote.
Since no Democrats qualified for the ballot via the signature petition process, Ms. Allen becomes the Democratic nominee and qualifies for the November 7th general election. Because she had already raised more than $500,000 for her purported race against Mr. Chaffetz, the new nominee will now be able to use the funds for the special general election. While having the funds to wage a credible campaign, Ms. Allen will still be the decided underdog against whoever wins the Republican primary on August 15th, however. The three GOP contenders are Mr. Herrod, Provo Mayor John Curtis, and businessman Tanner Ainge. The latter two qualified for the primary ballot through the onerous petition process.
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