The sons of a congressman and a senator jumped into the race Tuesday for the Utah U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mitt Romney.
Republican US Representative John Curtis, announcing his campaign on a TV station last fall, said he had decided not to run.
Curtis explained that when people asked him to reconsider, he decided that he could continue his work representing Utah, but with a bigger platform. KSL-TV.
Curtis has served Eastern Utah's 3rd District since 2017. He was previously mayor of Provo, Utah for seven years and was a county-level Democratic Party official for a time.
Brent Orrin Hatch also announced his candidacy Tuesday. Hatch is one of six children of the late Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who retired in 2019 after a 42-year term and died in 2022.
Brent Hatch is a trial lawyer who is the treasurer and former director of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization that advocates interpreting the U.S. Constitution according to the context in which it was written.
He was an associate White House counsel under President George H.W. Bush and a Utah delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.
He described himself as "not a professional politician" in a statement during his campaign.
"I have worked for more than 33 years as an attorney protecting the rights of individuals and companies in Utah. But I still have insider knowledge about the highest levels of government," he said in the statement.
Romney, 76, announced In September he will not seek a second term in the Senate, saying it is time for younger leaders to step up. Romney also served as Governor of Massachusetts and was the 2012 Republican nominee for president.
Others running to succeed Romney include former Utah House speaker Brad WilsonA Republican who announced his campaign in September, and lesser-known Republicans, including Riverton, Utah, Mayor Trent Staggs and Roosevelt, Utah, Mayor Rod Byrd Jr.
Republicans have a sizable lead in Utah and outnumber Democrats by more than 3-to-1.
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