The Los Angeles Times just put the spotlight on Kathie Allen, one of several candidates running for the seat left open by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
Allen first launched her bid for Chaffetz’s 3rd Congressional seat after the Utah representative, who announced he will resign on June 30, told CNN's “New Day” that Americans might have to sacrifice their iPhones for better health care coverage.
After Chaffetz’s announced his resignation, things changed for Allen, though, according to the L.A. Times. The family physician has spent the last few weeks campaigning harder than before, given the long list of candidates who are vying for Chaffetz’s seat.
According to the L.A. Times, Allen said her being a Democrat may hinder her in the election.
But Allen has familiarity with politics. She worked as a congressional aide to Rep. Shirley Pettis, R-Calif., and she spent time as a community development coordinator in San Bernardino County, according to the L.A. Times.
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Allen’s feature piece comes just a few days after fellow Republican contenders John Curtis and Tanner Ainge qualified for the ballot by gathering signatures, which frees them from having to win a spot on the ballot through the GOP convention.
Eleven GOP candidates recently gathered together in Lehi Wednesday to explain their candidacy and political stances at a town hall discussion.
A recent Utah Policy poll found 73 percent of voters don’t care too much how candidates qualify for the election. Instead, these voters just want the best candidate for the job, according to the survey.
Only 11 percent said they would vote for a candidate because they took the traditional route by convention. The survey results are yet another confirmation that Utahns like SB54, with its dual routes to a party’s primary ballot, and are not wedded to the old delegate/convention party process of picking nominees.