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Rick Bowmer, Associated Press
People vote at the polling place in Krishna Temple during election day Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Utah's most watched race this year is the contest to replace longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th Congressional District.

SALT LAKE CITY — Highlights from the races and measures at stake on Election Day in Utah:


Utah's most watched race this year is the contest to replace longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah's 4th Congressional District. Republican Mia Love entered the race early with national name recognition and a head start on fundraising. The Saratoga Springs mayor is running against Democrat Doug Owens, a Salt Lake City attorney and son of former U.S. Rep. Wayne Owens, a Democrat. Political experts say Love has the advantage in the GOP-leaning district, but the race is expected to be the closest in Utah this year.

In Utah's three other congressional districts, Republican incumbents are leading Democratic challengers. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Republican, is running for a seventh term in northern Utah's 1st District. His opponent is Democrat Donna McAleer, a military veteran and former business executive.

State Sen. Luz Robles, a Democrat and vice president at Zions Bank, is challenging freshman Republican Rep. Chris Stewart as the congressman seeks a second term in the 2nd Congressional District. Stewart is a former Air Force pilot and author.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is expected to win another term in Utah's 3rd Congressional District. The popular Republican has been a fixture on cable news networks and is a contender to lead the House oversight committee next year. His challenger, Democrat and political newcomer Brian Wonnacott, struggled during a debate with Chaffetz and didn't invest in campaign signs or a campaign manager until October.


The special election for attorney general is Utah's only statewide race this year. Interim Attorney General Sean Reyes, a Republican, and Democrat Charles Stormont are running to fill the last two years of John Swallow's term.

Swallow, a Republican, resigned in late 2013 after his 11 months in office were overshadowed by investigations and allegations of shady dealings with businessmen. He now faces 13 charges, including bribery. He's not yet entered a plea but has denied any wrongdoing.

Reyes was appointed in December to serve as the state's top law enforcement officer until this November. Both he and Stormont have made public trust in the office a major thread of their campaigns.

Each candidate has pledged to run for a full, four-year term in 2016 if they win this year.


The seats Democrats hold in the state Legislature are within Salt Lake County, a Democratic stronghold. This year, Utah's minority party is hoping to gain a seat or two outside the county.

Utah Democratic Party chairman Peter Corroon says Democrats are competitive in seats that cover Carbon, Emery and Weber Counties.

Democrats have been confined to Salt Lake County since they lost a rural legislative seat two years ago that covered parts of central eastern Utah.


In Utah's most populous county, two incumbent Democrats are seeking re-election. Both candidates are being challenged by Republicans within their offices. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who has brought high profile cases against Swallow and former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, is being challenged by Republican Steve Nelson, a prosecutor in the district attorney's office.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Jake Petersen. Petersen is lieutenant overseeing special operations of the Unified Police Department. Winder is the head of Unified Police.


Voters in the Park City area will decide whether to pass a $25 million bond that would pay for the purchase of more open space and upgrades of trails and recreation facilities.

The proposed bond from the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District would increase property taxes for residents by about $19 per year for each $100,000 of a home's value.

The Utah ballot measure is part of a nationwide push this election by environmentalists to set aside money for parks and preservation. In total, it adds up to more than $15.7 billion overall in taxes and bonds nationwide for land and water conservation. That's most in a quarter-century of elections, according to the data from Trust for Public Land, which was independently verified by The Associated Press.