Social worker Lee Castillo has defeated businessman Kurt Weiland by double digits in the Democratic primary in Utah’s 1st Congressional District. With all counties reporting, Castillo had received 56% of the vote while Weiland received 43%. In total, Castillo received 6411 votes to Weiland’s 4915.
Cache and Box Elder county Democrats favored Castillo as he received 55% of the vote in Cache County and 63% in Box Elder County. It was a closer race in Rich County with Weiland receiving 13 votes compared to Castillo’s 12.
Castillo advances to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop in the November general election in a predominantly Republican district that runs across the northern part of the state. United Utah Party candidate, and Cache County resident, Eric Eliason will also be on the ballot.
Castillo is a gay Hispanic single father who has depicted himself as a voice for marginalized communities.
Weiland touted his experience in the U.S. Army and running a training and consulting firm. He says he would focus on keeping a close relationship with his district.
The two men got into a heated confrontation over the placement of signs at the Davis County Democratic convention in April. Police were called but no charges were filed.