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Democrat Jenny Wilson officially files her candidacy for U.S. Senate

Democrat Jenny Wilson, the two-term Salt Lake City Councilwoman, officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate against the winner of the Republican primary. (Photo: Brian Morris / KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Democrat Jenny Wilson, the two-term Salt Lake City Councilwoman, officially filed to run for the U.S. Senate against Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Though a recent UtahPolicy.com poll found when Utahns were asked to choose which of the declared U.S. Senate candidates they would vote for, Romney pulling 60% support with Wilson pulling 14% (a 4-1 advantage), Wilson is not discouraged and believes she can win.

"I would expect a really rigorous debate ... I bring a lot to the table in this community, I have been raised in this community, I'm raising my children in this community and I've been an elected official for some time working with our citizens to move about the needs of the community," Wilson told 2News.

Wilson expressed interest in running for the Senate seat back in March 2017 before Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement.

She made it official in July 2017 with a press release that stated in part, "I am honored to officially announce my candidacy ... Utahans want a Senator who works for them, who listens to them and who gets things done. But after 40 years of Orrin Hatch, Washington is broken. Orrin Hatch is a decent man, but he’s part of the problem in Washington and he has forgotten who sent him there.”

Another Democrat running for Hatch's Senate seat is Democrat Danny Drew, an educator from the Uintah Basin.



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