Hatch faces 9 challengers from within his own party

Tea Party activists have made Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch the subject of their attention this year. The group wants to oust the senior Senator in a similar fashion as they did with Bob Bennett in 2010. Hatch has filed for his 7th term and has nine challengers from within his own party: Dan Liljenquist, Timothy Aalders, Dale Ash, Christopher Herrod, William Lawrence, Loy Brunson, David Chiu, Kevin Fisk, and Jeremy Friedbaum. Other candidates that have filed to represent Utah in the U.S. Senate include Democrats Pete Ashdown, Scott Howell and William Peterson II; Constitution Party candidate Shaun McCausland; Utah Justice Party candidate Daniel Geery; and, unaffiliated candidate Bill Barron.1st District Congressman Rob Bishop is facing an inter-party challenge from Republicans Jacqueline Smith and Leonard Fabiano. Two Democrats will also be challenging Bishop: Donna McAleer and Ryan Combe. Sherry Phipps has also filed to challenge Bishop on the Constitution Party ticket.Utah will be getting a new seat in the House of Representatives and there is a healthy group of candidates who have filed to be the first to represent Utah House District 4. Democrat Jim Matheson, who formerly represented District 2, could have run for re-election in District 2 but chose to file in District 4. Carl Wimmer, Mia Love, Jay Cobb, Kenneth Gray and Stephen Sandstrom have filed as Republicans; Jim Vein and Ken Larsen have filed as Libertarians; and, Torin Nelson has filed as a candidate of the Utah Justice Party.Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell have filed for re-election and will be challenged by other Republicans Morgan Philpot, David Kirkham, Lane Ronnow, Kenneth Sumsion and William Skokos. Other gubernatorial candidates include Kirk Pearson for the Constitution Party and Peter Cooke for the Democrat Party.Four candidates have filed to be Utah’s next Attorney General. Sean Reyes and John Swallow have filed for the Republican ticket, Dee Smith has filed as a Democrat, and W. McCullough has filed as a Libertarian. Each party will hold its own party convention on April 21. In the case of multiple candidates on a ballot at each party’s state convention, votes are cast by party delegates to determine the final two that can compete in a party primary. That is unless a candidate for an office receives 60% or more of the votes cast at any point in the balloting process, therefore avoiding the need for a primary election. For a complete list of candidates who have filed in Cache County (or offices that represent all or portions of Cache County) visit the

<a href=”http://www.cachecounty.org/elections/filings.php”>Cache County Clerk’s office website</a>

. For a complete list of candidates for state and federal offices, visit the state’s

<a href=”http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/2012-candidate-filings”>Lieutenant Governor’s website</a>

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