Meet the candidates in Utah's 3rd Congressional District race

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  • OldSalt94 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2017 2:40 p.m.

    So Glad those of us in the Fourth District only have to worry about replacing Love year we will have to decide...whew!!!!

  • Mike the Pharmacist Pleasant Grove, UT
    Nov. 6, 2017 11:02 a.m.

    On Jim Bennett's Facebook feed, he links to this article and points out that he was Senior Class President, not Student Body President. Which means, of course, that he didn't write the little blurb in this article; the Deseret News did. So complaining about that is really petty.

    If the candidates had written those themselves, do you really think Kathie Allen would have written "None" as her political experience?

    I've been impressed with Jim Bennett since he wiped the floor with both Allen and Curtis in the debate. He's got my vote.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Nov. 6, 2017 6:47 a.m.

    Well, we must all remember that something Mitt Romney did in JUNIOR High (that pesky noogie) seemed extremely relevant to liberals and the "drive-by" media in a presidential election.

    Why wouldn't a "stint" as a high school student body president be relevant in this one?

    Just asking.


  • EternalIyImpermanent Costa Rica, 00
    Nov. 5, 2017 9:11 p.m.

    The second paragraph of this article reads: "Before you cast your vote, read the Deseret News profiles of *all* the candidates vying for Utah's 3rd Congressional District seat." (highlight added)

    However, the article profiles three candidates.

    Voters will see three more candidates on their ballots for the Third Congressional District Representative race:

    Joe Buchman, Libertarian
    Jason Christensen, Independent American
    Sean Whalen, Unaffiliated

    Is the Deseret News concerned about its credibility?

  • CaliCougar American Fork, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 7:04 p.m.

    Hmm...Let's see our choices listed in this article...

    A Democrat....from a party that we have recently learned is pretty much corrupt, at least based upon our last presidential election.

    A former Democrat that is now a Republican....I'm always skeptical about this transformation, particularly when it occurs in Utah.

    And a candidate who lists in his prior experience that he was a HS Student Body President.


    I will give Curtis credit for his public service as a mayor in Provo....But I'll pass on voting for any of these candidates.

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 12:45 p.m.

    This is almost as bad as the choice between Trump and Hillary.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 12:02 p.m.

    It will be a predictable race being this is Utah.

    An R, M, with $ to back them. Yawn.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 11:16 a.m.

    The title of this article is very misleading. It leads us to assume that these three are the only 3rd CD candidates. It list 3rd party candidate Jim Bennett but doesn't include the other 3rd party candidates. Bennett has the same chance of winning as any of the other 3rd party candidates, zero. The democrat also has the same chance, zero. Why were Joe Buchman, Sean Whalen, and Jason Christensen not included?? If it was because they had no chance? Neither do Allen and Bennett.

    I have already mailed in my ballot, but I didn't vote for any of the three in this article.

  • Neanderthal Springville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    None will get my vote if the don't come out strongly against illegal immigration... and, more importantly, immigration from mid East countries.

  • TAS Tehachapi, CA
    Nov. 5, 2017 9:41 a.m.

    All 3 are an improvement over Chaffetz,

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 8:59 a.m.

    Curtis seems to have been attracted to the best elements of both political parties. A candidate who does not have a slavish commitment to a certain political platform seems like the best choice. Anyone who believes that either party is the repository of all political wisdom is living a fantasy.

  • What To Do Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    How completely disappointing.

    A true tax and spend Democrat who will block everything and join Nancy with the same old arguments that the Democrats have been using to stop progress for years.

    A true Republican that will block everything that is being proposed and will join with the other big government republicans and argue with the democrats to stop and do nothing.

    I have come to believe that the Republicans and the Democrats all want the same thing in Washington - Money. They go back there say they are going to do things "Drain the Swamp" and then they hold their hands out and ask for Money - this is disgusting. Maybe they should all be sent home.

    Then we have Jim Bennett - Who will he side with, how will he vote? is he really a democrat or republican pretending to be independent. Maybe he could really stand on his own for a change and try to work a deal to actually do something or get something done. My frustration is that the minute a D or an R is elected they join this club that tell them how to vote and how to speak and how to think. - no more!

    So with Bennett there may be some hope that we clearly do not have with the other two.

    What a mess!

  • imustbebored sandy, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 7:55 a.m.

    ute alumni--
    I get your point, but let's be honest, when was the last time anyone's best and brightest ran for office, hence the problems we have in this country. So it comes down to a doctor with no political experience, a guy running on name recognition only and a guy that can't make up his mind if he is a democrat or a republican. it really doesn't give me much hope. I really don't know, but some political experience seems to be a plus and I really don't want to vote for someone whose best pitch is they were a high school SBO. Definitely not our best and brightest.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 5, 2017 5:05 a.m.

    There's definitely not much to pick from in this group of: a Democrat, a former Democrat or one who has experience running a campaign for a Democrat. Is this all the best we can do?

    John Curtis is the best pick of the three with his actual accomplishments as Mayor of Provo. Utah. The Utah United Party candidate is riding on the coattails of his deceased father. and, oh yes, he was HS student body president.

    We miss Jason Chaffetz, but often get to see/hear him on FOX news.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Nov. 4, 2017 11:40 p.m.

    A 49 year old is still listing his stint as high school class president as relevant to anything at all in his current life, much less his credibility to serve in the United States House of Representatives?

    That is even less relevant than the fact his father and grandfather were both US Senators.

    Freelance writer, marketeer, helped with both GOP and Democart campaigns. Has he ever held a job where he had to show up on time, produce something tangible, or otherwise gained insights into how we common taxpayers live?

    In total, one socialist and two RINOs. What a choice. This is what we can look forward to with Count My Vote and Plurality winners.