Dems File A Complaint: Republican Candidate Running For 2 Offices In Utah
Rep. Keven Stratton (R-Orem) doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. The Utah Democratic Party filed a complaint with the state elections office against Stratton who is seeking both re-election and to fill a vacancy in the Senate, KSL reports.
[su_center_ad]Stratton is violating state law by being a candidate for both his House seat and an opening in the Senate created by Sen. John Valentine’s resignation in September, according to the complaint.
But state elections director Mark Thomas said he doesn’t see any issues with Stratton running for both offices because his name will appear on the election ballot only for his House seat. The law prohibits a candidate from appearing on the ballot twice.
State law does not consider him a candidate for the Senate seat because the Republican Party will fill the vacancy internally and not at the polls, he said.
“To me, it’s not even a close call,” Thomas said. “This statute is very clear what a candidate is.”
Thomas said Stratton contacted him before declaring himself a candidate for the Senate to make sure there would be no problems. Stratton is running unopposed for his House seat.
State Democrats want the elections office to declare Stratton ineligible for one or both seats. But Thomas said that isn’t going to happen.
Stratton is one of four candidates vying to replace Valentine, whose former district includes parts of Orem, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Highland and Alpine. The others are former House members Stephen Sandstrom and Ken Sumsion and Highland business consultant Al Jackson.
So Stratton is running unopposed for his House seat and will take that route if he doesn’t win the Senate race?
On Nov. 15, GOP delegates in the district will meet to choose Valentine’s replacement.
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