Election Preview

Election Day is tomorrow. Here are the major races and ballot measures worth watching.

Congressional District 1:

Rob Bishop: The incumbent U.S. congressman for District 1 is running on the Republican ticket. Bishop was first elected in 2002 and is running for re-election. Bishop’s website says his main goal in Washington is to limit federal power and give power back to the states.

Donna McAleer, the Democrat, is trying to unseat the incumbent, whom she called the “Guardian of Gridlock” during their first debate. A graduate of West Point, she is running on a campaign slogan of “Not left. Not right. Forward.” McAleer’s platform focuses on representing the people and taking steps to stop career politicians.

The 1st Congressional District has not been held by a Democrat since K. Gunn McKay was defeated in 1980.

Attorney General:

Sean Reyes is the Republican incumbent who was appointed after the resignation of John Swallow. He promises to fight against Obamacare and federal intervention in Utah’s public laws. He also promises to hold businesses who abuse the law accountable, as well as punish those who abuse business.

Charles Stormont is the Democratic challenger. Highly critical of Reyes’ role in the same-sex marriage case, Stormont’s website says he won’t waste taxpayer money fighting against marriage equality. Stormont would create a state ethics office in order to train government officials on their legal obligations to the public.

Constitutional Amendments:

In addition to local State Senate races and State House contests, three constitutional amendments will be on the ballot.

Amendment A seeks to end the requirement that no more than two members of the State Tax Commission can be appointed from the same party. If this passes, it would be possible for the State Tax Commission to have all members from the same political party.

Amendment B seeks to change the term of an appointed lieutenant to the on same cycle as the governor. Currently an appointed lieutenant governor would be subject to a midterm election, creating a possibility of the governor and lieutenant governor being elected at different times. If this passes, the possibility will be eliminated.

Amendment C would allow the lieutenant governor, state auditor and state treasurer to appoint their own legal counsel if desired. Currently the attorney general serves as the legal counsel for these positions. The governor can currently appoint his own counsel if he wishes.

Note: This story was updated to correct the spelling of Charles Stormont’s name.