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Seventeen candidates, including Kimball, filed to run in the crowded 2nd Congressional District field.

Five challengers have emerged to take on U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop in the 1st Congressional District.

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Third District Congressman Jason Chaffetz has attracted four challengers, including Brigham Young University law professor Lynn Wardle, a Republican, and Salt Lake City Councilman Soren Simonsen, a Democrat.

In the new 4th District, current 2nd District Congressman Jim Matheson, a Democrat, is up against eight rivals — five Republicans and three minor party hopefuls.

State Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, announced on the closing night of the legislative session that he would not seek re-election and would instead challenge Republican Auston Johnson for the state auditor position.

A handful of Republican state representatives are looking to knock off GOP senators in their districts.

In Senate District 14, centered in Orem, Rep. Craig Frank filed to run against longtime Sen. John Valentine.

Frank said that there are some significant policy differences between himself and Valentine — Utah’s health care reform, immigration law and an open records bill among them — and there’s the senator’s tenure.

"John’s been in for 24 years and in a part-time Legislature, in my opinion, that’s a long time," Frank said.

Rep. Patrick Painter, R-Nephi, is challenging Republican Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe. And Rep. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, is challenging freshman Republican Sen. Casey Anderson, who edged out Vickers for the position in a special election last year.


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Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden, who sponsored a controversial bill restricting sex education this session, drew seven challengers — four Republicans, two Democrats and a Constitution Party candidate.

Jeff McNeill, a contractor from Grantsville, said he had decided to run a while ago, after arguing during redistricting that there should be a representative from Tooele County.

"It’s time to step up and be part of that," he said. "I’m also motivated by the fact that local government is where the rubber really hits the road. The presidential election will come and go and that will affect us, but not like local government."

Matt Canham contributed to this report.



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