Coleman is 4th Republican to jump into Fourth District Race; Cannon launches candidacy to replace Bishop


Rep. Kim Coleman


State Rep. Kim Coleman is the fourth Republican to seek that party’s nomination to face Democrat Ben McAdams in November. 

Coleman has long been rumored as a Republican candidate in the district. Coleman filed her official candidacy papers with the FEC on Monday evening. She joins Republican activist Kathleen Anderson, former radio host Jay McFarland and military veteran John Molnar in the growing GOP field. Senate Majority Whip Daniel Hemmert and Rep. Jefferson Moss are also reportedly considering jumping into the race. Independent candidate Jonia Broderick has also filed to run.

McAdams barely ousted Rep. Mia Love in 2018 by less than 700 votes. Love has been making some noise about a rematch with McAdams, but she has not yet raised any money or made any moves toward launching a campaign.

Coleman did not respond to a request for comment.

In UT01, Morgan County Councilwoman Tina Cannon became the first Republican to jump into the race to replace retiring Rep. Rob Bishop. 

Cannon announced her exploratory committee shortly after Bishop confimed he would be leaving Congress at the end of the current term, but made it official by filing papers with the FEC last week.

Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt also launched an exploratory committee with an eye toward running to replace Bishop late in July. Businessman Bruce Hough, Utah Credit Union Association CEO Scott Simpson, Reps. Logan Wilde, Stephen Handy, Lee Perry and Paul Ray are also said to be considering running to replace Bishop as are Clearfield Mayor Mark Shepherd and Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson.

In the Second District, Republican Mary Burkett has announced she will challenge Rep. Chris Stewart for the Republican nomination along with GOP candidate Ty Jensen. Democrat Larry Livingston has also joined the race. 

Rep. John Curtis is the only major party candidate so far in UT03. Independent Russel Fugal has also filed to run.