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Attorney general candidates Reyes, Swallow to face each other in GOP primary

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 3:45 p.m. MDT

Utah attorney general candidate John Swallow, left.

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SANDY — The two Republican candidates for Utah attorney general will square off in a primary election.

Assistant attorney general John Swallow received 54.5 percent and corporate and trial lawyer Sean Reyes received 45.5 percent of the votes from delegates at the state GOP convention Saturday.

Swallow said he would lead the fight for public lands in Utah, to curb illegal immigration and to defeat Obamacare.

"I have learned how to fight in the courtroom, in the Legislature and in the attorney general's office," Swallow told delegates.

He called himself a leader with vision. "A leader doesn't want to be something. A leader wants to do something," Swallow said.

Reyes said he, too, would fight for Utah on those same issues. He said he would return the attorney general's office to a law office "of and for the people" that is not unduly influenced by lobbyists or a political agenda.

"While politics has a role there, it should be secondary to the law and the people," Reyes said.

The winner of the June primary faces Democratic Weber County Attorney Dee Smith in November.

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