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Fourni and Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

Senator Mike Lee and Evan McMullin aren’t the only candidates for the U.S. Senate seat Lee now holds. Also in the running, from left, are libertarian Jimmy Hansen and registered candidates Laird Hamblin and Mike Seguin. Tommy Williams of the Independent American Party and writing hopeful Abraham Korb, not pictured here, are also in the running.

Mike Lee and Evan McMullin aren’t the only choices in the U.S. Senate race, though they’re garnering the most media attention and will undoubtedly get the most votes.

Jimmy Hansen, a libertarian from Monument Valley in San Juan County, is vying for the spot now held by Lee, a Republican, as is Tommy Williams of Orem, under the banner of the American Independent Party. McMullin is running as an independent but has been endorsed by the Utah Democratic Party.

Hansen, who teaches science at Monument Valley High School, has long been in politics and has always considered himself a libertarian, he said in an interview with the Standard-Examiner. The 33-year-old entered the race in part because he reached the required age to run for the US Senate – at least 30. Also, as a full-time job, the Senate position would provide the salary he would need to survive, unlike a part-time position in the Utah Legislature.

Williams did not respond to questions from the standard reviewer seeking comment. But on his campaign website, ensuring the “integrity of national elections” takes pride of place, while protecting police funding and letting “parents, cities and the state” set priorities. of education.

Three written candidates are also running for the US Senate: Laird Hamblin of Salt Lake City, Abraham Korb and Michael Seguin, a man from Ogden Valley who had pushed for the formation of a new party, the Bull Moose Party.


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U.S. Senate Libertarian hopeful Jimmy Hansen of Monument Valley. He is running for the seat now held by Senator Mike Lee.

On these issues, Hansen said advocating for pro-choice policies on the issue of abortion ranks high on his list. “The main thing for me is bodily autonomy,” he said.

The next step for him is criminal justice reform as it relates to policing and sentencing. “We put too many people in jail,” he said.

Drought and water issues are the third most important topic. Agriculture uses the overwhelming majority of water in Utah, he said, and one change he would advocate would be to have farmers pay “market rates” for the product, without subsidies. “If you had to pay, you would see conservation,” Hansen said.

The United States gets into foreign conflicts too easily, he thinks, and he would vote against military action “not directly related to the defense of our nation”, he said on his website.

He was drawn to the Libertarian Party, he said, in part because it touts limited government intervention. “I am not advocating for the absence of government,” he said. “I advocate for smart government.”

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Laird Hamblin, a hopeful writes for the US Senate. He seeks the seat now held by Senator Mike Lee.

Where government involvement is not necessary, individuals should be free to manage their lives as they see fit, he believes.

Although Lee and McMullin get the most attention, Hansen sees his candidacy serving a purpose – creating a potential option for those not attracted to either of the main prospects. He campaigned regularly during the summer but now largely limits it to weekends as he has to teach during the week.

On his website, Williams touts term limits, an end to taxes on groceries and drugs, “avoiding unnecessary wars” and affordable child care. The Independent American Party, rooted in the founders’ efforts to create a “truly” conservative party, emphasizes upholding the US Constitution, empowering the people, lowering taxes and more.

Williams is also a huge gun rights advocate, “100% pro-life” and an enemy of gay marriage.

As for the written hopes, Hamblin focused on empowering people and encouraging participation in a message on the election page run by the Utah lieutenant governor’s office.

“Some people send politicians to tear our nation apart! We must send politicians to put it back in place! he wrote.

On its website, Seguin claims to be an alternative to the main parties.

“I’m talking about leadership with a vision that inspires, unites and provides good choices, people – and your right to choose. Is it a choice if your options are so limited that you’re stuck with only the “generations-old” selection between what Democrats and Republicans offer us? he wrote.

The names of Hansen and Williams will appear on the ballot. Those favoring a written hope must write their name on a blank line in the ballots.

Information about Korb was not readily available online.

In other Senate race news, Lee received an endorsement from former Vice President Mike Pence. Lee received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump last April.


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