Utah Councilwoman Hopes to Unseat Longtime U.S. Sen. Hatch

July 18, 2017

Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson on Monday officially launched her bid for the U.S. Senate seat up next year, saying she wants to bring actual change to Washington.

Wilson, a Democrat, says she hopes to challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican who has said he intends to seek an eighth term.

"Over the past few months, I have been overwhelmed by the encouragement to run by Utahns who are desperate for change in Washington," Wilson said in a statement. "They are tired of the bickering and recognize the bipartisan successes I have had working locally."

Wilson, the daughter of former three-term Salt Lake City Mayor and one-time Hatch challenger Ted Wilson, is in her second six-year term on the County Council and formerly served as chief of staff to the late Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah.

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