Salt Lake County Democrats were making a last-minute push to replace Abbey Wright on the ballot. Wright withdrew from the race in May shortly winning the nomination. State law allows for the replacement of a candidate in the case of a medical problem that prevents them from running or they die.
Earlier this week, Wright obtained a second letter from a physician’s assistant saying she was unable to continue her candidacy, but this letter also carried a doctor’s signature.
Utah GOP officials challenged the candidate switch with the state elections office claiming, among other reasons, that Wright’s reasons for dropping out did not meet the legal standards to justify her replacement.
A source close to the process tells UtahPolicy.com that Republicans threatened legal action if Wright was replaced on the ballot with Zoltanski, and made it clear that everyone involved would have to swear under oath to the veracity of their claims. That source says Wright and others decided against pushing forward.
That means there will be just two candidates on the ballot to replace retiring Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, in November, Republican Kirk Cullimore and United Utah Party candidate Alexander Castagno.