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With Chaffetz out, who will run for the 3rd congressional district seat?

With Chaffetz out, who will run for the 3rd congressional district seat?

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(KUTV) With Wednesday's stunning news that Rep. Jason Chaffetz will not seek re-election to his House seat, a potentially packed race is shaping up to replace him.

Damian Kidd

Kidd, an attorney from American Fork, is the only Republican officially running for the seat so far. He announced his bid against Chaffetz earlier this year. He called Chaffetz "divisive" and said Congress needed to change. Wednesday, Kidd thanked Chaffetz for his service and said he planned to remain in the race.

But Kidd certainly won't be alone. Here are the names of other Republicans 2News has learned could jump into the 3rd congressional contest in 2018.

Provo Mayor John Curtis

A two-term mayor of Provo, Curtis announced late last year that he would not seek a third term. Curtis, who is known for his prolific blogging and technological savvy, is considering running for the seat but has not made a decision yet.

Before becoming mayor, Curtis worked as a businessman. He also unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for the Utah House of Representatives in 2007 and as a Democrat for the Utah State Senate in 2000.

State Sen. Deidre Henderson

Henderson is a Utah County legislator who has served in the State Senate since 2013. She is a business owner who worked on Chaffetz's original campaign for Congress in 2008. Henderson told 2News she is "seriously considering" running for the open seat.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes

The Draper Republican has been named by multiple Utah political observers as a possible candidate to run for Congress. Hughes is a longtime state lawmaker, serving in the House of Representatives since 2003. He is serving his second term as Speaker.

Hughes was also mentioned as a possible candidate for a job in the Trump administration, but nothing ever panned out.

Former presidential candidate Evan McMullin

While the former CIA agent did not win Utah, he did garner hundreds of thousands of Beehive State votes in his quixotic bid to prevent Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton from winning the White House. McMullin, who lived in the Washington, D.C. area prior to running for president, has been mentioned as a possible Utah political candidate in several races, including this one. However, a source close to McMullin told 2News he has not made a decision yet.

Former Utah Republican Chair Thomas Wright

Wright, a real estate professional, told 2News everything is "still fresh" with Chaffetz's announcement, but that he is considering running for the seat in 2018. Wright served as the state GOP chair from 2011-2013, and as the Salt Lake County Republican chair before that.

Wright lives in Salt Lake City and does not actually reside in the 3rd district boundaries. However, when Chaffetz originally ran for the seat in 2008, he also lived in another district. The district boundaries were realigned in 2010 and will be adjusted again in 2020.

One person not running for the seat is Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Cox wrote on Twitter Wednesday, "While I appreciate the encouragement of many, I do not live in the 3rd District, and will not be running for the seat."

Democrat Dr. Kathryn Allen

On the Democratic side, Dr. Kathryn Allen has already raised more than half a million dollars for her race, far outpacing Chaffetz for the most recent quarter. Allen told 2News Wednesday she was "shocked" to hear Chaffetz would not run for re-election.

"I think that most people will view this as an opportunity for real change in their district," Allen said, "and I think I will get even more support."

Democrat Ben Frank

Another Democrat has entered the race. Ben Frank said in a news release Wednesday that he is a 29-year-old progressive candidate from Salt Lake City who volunteered on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.


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