Castillo defeats Weiland in Democratic primary for 1st District Congress

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.

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