United Utah hopeful gets nod from ex-contenders in 2 parties

Businessman Eric Eliason looks on sits for an interview with KUED Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Salt Lake City. A northern Utah candidate for a new centrist third-party is trying to drum up support for his challenge to eight-term U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop with a trove of cash and some Mormon humor. Eliason is facing an uphill climb in a heavily Republican district, but the United Utah Party candidate could capitalize on anxiety some voters still feel about President Donald Trump as well as partisan wrangling in Washington. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A northern Utah candidate for a new centrist third-party has picked up some endorsements from former Democratic and Republican contenders.

The Standard Examiner reports Eric Eliason of the United Utah Party says the support shows his campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop has support from people with a wide range of viewpoints.

The endorsements came from Democrat Kurt Weiland and Republican Kevin Probasco, both of whom vied for the seat early on but didn’t get their party’s nomination.

Eliason is facing an uphill climb in a heavily Republican district, but he’s brought a sizable trove of cash to the race. Democrat Lee Castillo and the Green Party’s Adam Davis are also running for the seat.

Bishop, meanwhile, has said voter confidence will carry him to re-election for what he says will be a final term.

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1 Comment

  • Steven Williamson August 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm Reply

    More legislators willing to work across the aisle is exactly what we need! Kudos to Mr. Eliason.

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