Kerry Gibson, Blake Moore, Bob Stephenson, and Katie Witt participate during the 1st Congressional District Republican debate at the PBS Utah studios in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. | Rick Egan
SALT LAKE CITY — Blake Moore and Bob Stevenson are virtually tied with 30% of the vote in the Republican primary for 1st Congressional District, according to initial primary results released late Tuesday.
Of the other Republican candidates in the race, Kerry Gibson got 23% of the vote, and Katie Witt got 17%.
In the Democratic race, Darren Parry got 52% of the vote and Jamie Cheek received 48%, early returns show.
The 1st Congressional District seat is open for the first time in nearly two decades, bringing together a flurry of candidates vying to replacing retiring Republican Rep. Rob Bishop — Utah’s longest-serving congressional member. Bishop, who is Thomas Wright’s running mate in the Utah governor race, announced he would not seek another term last summer.
The district covers an expansive portion of northern Utah, Summit County and extends into the Uinta Basin.
April convention voting narrowed a field of a dozen Republican candidates to four, two of whom — Witt and Stevenson — had already gathered the necessary number of signatures to advance to Tuesday’s primary.
Former Utah Agriculture Commissioner Kerry Gibson speaks during the 1st Congressional District Republican debate at the PBS Utah studios in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Dairy farmer Gibson served six years in the Utah Legislature and spent two terms on the Weber County Commission. Gov. Gary Herbert recently tapped Gibson to serve as the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food commissioner, but he stepped down to run in the 1st District race.
Gibson is an advocate of local control of public lands, promoting the success of small businesses and helping rural Utah thrive. Gibson is a staunch supporter of Hill Air Force Base.
Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson speaks during the 1st Congressional District Republican debate at the PBS Utah studios in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Stevenson, a Davis County commissioner, serves on the Utah Defense Alliance Board. Stevenson also works to promote economic development as co-chairman of the Northern Utah Economic Alliance. He also served two terms as the Layton mayor.
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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News