Sandstrom announces bid for Utah's new congressional district seat

He'll face off against fellow legislator Carl Wimmer and possibly Mayor Mia Love

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  • YouthforEagar MONROE, UT
    Dec. 4, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    @John Pack Lambert of Michigan
    I think that she'd probably do good because she isn't an extremist like Wimmer and Sandstrom.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 2, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    I think Mia Love is the best candidate.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    Sandstrom would be an excellent candidate, and an excellent congressman. But to do the job right, he needs to turn off all the hoopla who want him to join the crowd, support the cheap-labor lobby, yield to all party wishes, and be a typical politician. He showed some backbone by swimming against the grain up on Capitol Hill, and he needs to be independent in his thinking and not always check the prevailing winds before taking a reasonable stand. The cheap-labor and amnesty advocates on both sides of the aisle, the big spenders, and the war mongers will destroy us all if they keep having their way.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    Did I just see the word "nefarious" used to describe a sitting US President? That's a first. As to Mr. Sandstrom running against Mr. Wimmer that makes me want to go to a Republican caucus and actually vote FOR Mr. Sandstrom. Scares me to even think that but Mr. Wimmer is truly only in this for himself. I am no fan of Mr. Sandstrom but he at least attempts to be reasonable. He tries to find common ground. Mr. Wimmer can talk all he wants about being a principled man but at the end of the day I am not seeing it. Go back to the last legislative session. He refused to honor the Code Talkers from World War 2 by voting for the resolution honoring them. One of only a couple representatives who voted against it.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    This is going to be good. We now have a pistol-packing legislator and a send-em-all-home legislator battling each other to go to Washington DC. Isn't there some way we could get both of them to move out of state?

  • Noblepromise PROVO, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    Rep. Sandstrom has a hired political consultancy firm as well as Rep. Wimmer.Rep. Wimmer has Senator Lee endorsement. That is noble of Rep. Sandstrom want to move into the 4th district as Congressman Chaffetz was outside of 3rd Congressional district until this re-drawing of the Congressional district boundary by the Utah Legislature. I'm sure Wimmer knew Sandstrom wants running and has done opposition research on other candidates just like Sandstrom would do as political candidate. It seems like Wimmer is more committed to wining this race and Sandstrom needs to catch up in delegates, donations, and endorsements. It will be interesting to see how their respective paid political consultants advice these two GOP State Legislators in running for US Congressional seat. Who will the Democrats put up as if it's a Matheson, the GOP will face an uphill battle?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    Which one is crazier? That's who I'm voting for.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Steve Sandstrom doesn't have to "move" anywhere. A representative to Congress does not have to live in his district; he only has to be a resident of the state of Utah.

    That still doesn't make Steve Sandstrom qualified to go to Washington.

  • ChristineM Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    The only time I've had a campaign sign on my lawn was for Steve Baugh when he ran against Sandstrom. And Steve Baugh is a really great guy, but it was most definitely also a vote against Sandstrom. Please, fourth district, don't vote him in to represent our state! I'm just (selfishly) glad to hear he's moving, so we can get a better local representative of our little area of Orem.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Those complaining about Steve Sandstrom's bills on illegal immigration probably never read them, and do not know how thoroughly he researched and discussed options with all involved in the issue. He is a problem solver, not a rabble rouser, or populist, or another slick politician.

    He is a thoughtful, articulate, and hard working Representative who has the courage to tackle tough issues and do what needs to be done. Even if not everyone will like it. Those who pander to every voter and tells different sides different things have been destroying our country and state.

    Steve Sandstrom would be a great Congressman!

    And, he will support conservative programs and block Obama's nefarious schemes.

  • Orem Native Orem, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    Oh, please no. Steve Baugh is the only democrat that I've ever voted for and that's mainly because he ran against Steve Sandstrom. His rhetoric on illegal immigration is enough to discourage me from voting for him.

  • lwad61 Provo, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Two really bad choices. I knew it was a mistake to give us another District.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Mr. Sandstrom wants to move to a new district just so he can have the chance to go to Congress? This smacks of carpetbagging and it seems a little self serving if you ask me. Public officials really need to try a little harder to serve those where they live rather than looking for opportunistic ways outside of their districts for a better paycheck and lifelong benefits.

    Isn't this the very thing we are trying to avoid in the 21st century. If we continue to vote for nice hair, shiny teeth and Armani suits rather than true statesmen (and women)that care more about community than self, well, we will just have to settle for the best representatives THAT MONEY CAN BUY.

  • Riles Midway, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    I don't like how Sandstrom scapegoats immigrants. I would like to see the welfare state that encourages illegal immigration be eliminated instead of creating class warfare.

  • Euroskeptic Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    Please 4th District, DO NOT let this biggoted egomaniac take his 12-century views to Washington. The nation's capital is already divided and out-of-touch enough without Sandstrom piling on.

    Please do the right thing and vote for ANYONE else.

  • YouthforEagar MONROE, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    That fourth district race is going to be a big competitive race. Sandstrom, Love, Wimmer, Buck, who else is thinking about running?

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    I feel bad for anybody stuck in the fourth district.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Thanks Rep. Sandstrom, To let Carl Wimmer get this seat uncontested would be a travesty. I do not think there is a dimes worth of difference between them on issues, I feel Wimmer is not made of Congressional timber.