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Letter: The good news is Stewart may not be our representative much longer

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Chris Stewart speaks with delegates during the Utah Republican Party’s 2021 Organizing Convention at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

The House of Representatives voted to censure Republican Paul Gosar for posting a video depicting violence against a female member of Congress and against our commander in chief. Our Rep. Chris Stewart voted against the censure. Maybe I’m being too “woke,” but it sure looks like Rep. Stewart supports a man who thinks it’s OK to promote violence against women. And it sure looks like Stewart thinks it’s OK for a congressman to promote violence against our commander in chief.

The good news is that Rep. Stewart may not be our representative for much longer. He’s being challenged by Republican attorney Erin Rider. She’s a more traditional Republican, to put it mildly. Tolerating violence against women is not her thing. She wants something Stewart doesn’t seem to be able to achieve: Real conversations about climate, clean air, and smart stewardship of natural resources. She wants to provide representation that actually supports everyday Utahns on issues like affordable housing and access to education.

Given the choice, I know who I’ll be choosing.

Patrick de Freitas, Salt Lake City

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