Just weeks before the August 15th special Republican congressional primary, Gov. Gary Herbert (R) weighed in with his endorsement. The Governor supports Provo Mayor John Curtis over the party endorsed candidate, Chris Herrod, and public relations executive Tanner Ainge, the son of Boston Celtics general manager and former Brigham Young University basketball star Danny Ainge. Both Messrs. Curtis and Ainge by-passed the state nominating convention, choosing to access the ballot through an arduous signature petition process. It is probable that the August 15th GOP primary winner will capture the seat in the November 7th special general election.
Physician Kathryn Allen secured the Democratic nomination in the March special convention. She has been an active fundraiser, attracting almost $680,000 through the end of June, with almost $500,000 cash-on-hand. Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Alpine/Sandy) resigned the seat to accept a position in the private sector.
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