There are already four Republicans running to face Democrat Ben McAdams in 2020. Senate Majority Whip Dan Hemmert is poised to be the fifth.
Multiple sources tell UtahPolicy.com Hemmert, R-Orem, is readying to launch his bid for the GOP nomination, going so far as to assemble a campaign team and hire a campaign manager.
Hemmert could not be reached for comment.
Hemmert will join GOP activist Kathleen Anderson, State Rep. Kim Coleman, former radio personality Jay Mcfarland and military veteran John Molnar in the race to square off against McAdams next November.
One Republican who was rumored to be mulling a bid for the GOP nomination in UT04 was State Rep. Jefferson Moss, R-Saratoga Springs. Moss tells UtahPolicy.com he’s decided against a congressional run next year.
“Like many others, I have serious concerns about the state of our federal government. Many of these are problems that should either be solved at the state level or at the local or personal level. We need federal representatives that have the experience and ability to push for real solutions to these problems, while also ensuring we reign in the mess that is happening on the federal level,” said Moss in an email.
Moss added he would likely support Hemmert for the GOP nomination if and when he decides to run for the seat.
Another Republican that is reportedly seriously considering a bid for the GOP nomination is attorney Nathan Evershed, who unsuccessfully challenged Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill in 2018. Evershed could not be reached for comment.
State Rep. Logan Wilde, R-Croydon, said Tuesday he was backing away from a campaign in Utah’s 1st District to replace retiring Rep. Rob Bishop. He initially filed campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission but changed his mind shortly after.
In a Facebook post published Tuesday, Wilde said a congressional run is not the right thing for his family.
“We are a little disappointed, but mostly relieved that the roller coaster of emotions has come to a stop. We’re also very happy for the opportunity to keep doing our best for House District 53, and all the good people and families that call it home,” he wrote.
Wilde’s exit leaves Morgan County Councilwoman Tina Cannon and Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt as the only declared candidates in the race so far. Others reportedly considering running include Neutraceutical founder Bruce Hough, Utah Credit Union Association President and CEO Scott Simpson, Clearfield Mayor Mark Shepherd, Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson and Kerry Gibson who recently became the head of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
A few Utah legislators are also rumored to be in the mix for Bishop’s seat, including Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry and Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield.