Equality Utah announces 2020 endorsements

Equality Utah, Utah’s LGBTQ political organization, released its endorsements for the 2020 election. This year, the group endorsed 30 Democrats, two Republicans, and one nonpartisan candidate in 33 races. Eighteen of the endorsements are incumbents. No endorsement was made in the state gubernatorial race, though the group endorsed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in the Republican primary race.

To find what districts you live in, visit vote.utah.gov.

State Elections

Utah State Attorney General
Greg Skordas, Democrat
Opponent has penned many anti-LGBT court briefs in his time in the office
Opponent, Sean Reyes (R)(I)

House District 9 — Ogden/West Haven
Steven Olsen, Democrat
Opponent: Calvin Musselman (R)(I)

House District 11 — Riverdale/Washington Terrace
Jason Allen, Democrat
Opponent: Kelly Miles (R)(I)

House District 14 — Syracuse
Olivia Jaramillo, Democrat
Opponent attempted to thwart the effort to ban conversion therapy, stating on social media that people can overcome “unwanted same-sex attraction.”
Opponent: Karianne Lisonbee (R)(I)

House District 22 — Magna
Clare Collard, Democrat
Public relations. This race is to replace retiring Rep. Susan Duckworth
Opponents: Anthony Loubet (R), Marilee Roose (C)

House District 23 — Salt Lake City Rose Park
Sandra Hollins, Democratic Incumbent
Social worker
Opponent: Bradley Borden (R)

House District 24 — Salt Lake City Avenues/Capitol Hill
Jennifer Dailey-Provost, Democratic Incumbent
Nonprofit executive. Poverty, housing, LGBTQ rights proponent
No opponent

House District 25 — Salt Lake City
Joel Briscoe, Democratic Incumbent
Director, Davis Education Association. Briscoe was a gay student group advisor while he was a teacher in the early 2000s.
Opponents: Karel Mcdonough (R), Cabot Nelson (UU)

House District 26 — Glendale
Angela Romero, Democratic Incumbent
Community programs manager
No opponent

House District 28 — Sugar House
Brian King, Democratic Incumbent
Opponents: Carol Hunter (R)

House District 30 — West Valley City
Mike Winder, Republican Incumbent
Economic development director
Opponent; Robert Burch, Jr. (D)

House District 32 — Sandy/Draper
Suzanne Harrison, Democratic Incumbent
Opponent: Cindie Quintana (R)

House District 33 — West Valley City
Craig Hall, Republican Incumbent
Attorney. Chief sponsor of the bill to ban conversion therapy
Opponent: Fatima Dirie (D)

House District 34 — Taylorsville/West Valley City
Karen Kwan, Democratic Incumbent
Associate Professor of Psychology
Opponent: David Young (R)

House District 36 — Millcreek
Doug Owens, Democrat
Attorney who ran for U.S. House in 2016. This is Patrice Arent’s former seat.
Opponents: Lisa Bagley (R), Nishan Beglarian (C)

House District 37 — Murray-Holladay
Carol Spackman Moss, Democratic Incumbent
Retired teacher
Opponent: Maryann Christensen (R)

House District 38 — Kearns
Ashlee Matthews, Democrat
Adopt-a-Highway coordinator
Opponent: Eric Hutchings (R)(I)

House District 39 — Taylorsville
Lynette Wendel, Democrat
Planning commissioner
Opponent: Jim Dunnigan (R)(I)

House District 40 — South Salt Lake
Stephanie Pitcher, Democratic Incumbent
Deputy District Attorney
Opponent: Jeremiah Clark (R)

House District 43 — West Jordan
Diane Lewis, Democrat
Business Manager
Opponent: Cheryl Acton (R)(I)(Eagle Forum), Jefferson Bardin (UU)

House District 44 — Midvale
Andrew Stoddard, Democratic Incumbent
Assistant City Prosecutor
Opponents: Kyle Bird (R), John Jackson (UU)

Senate District 1 — Rose Park/West Valley
Luz Escamilla, Democratic Incumbent
Chief operating officer
Opponent: Jim Whited (R)

Senate District 6 — Taylorsville/West Jordan
Erika M. Larsen, Democrat
Opponent: Wayne Harper (R)(I)

Senate District 8 — Murray/Midvale/Cottonwood Heights
Kathleen Riebe, Democratic Incumbent
Outdoor education teacher
Opponent: Brian Zehnder (R)

Senate District 19 — East Weber County/Summit County
Katy Owens, Democrat
Policy specialist. Opponent is a “religious liberty” supporter
Opponent: John Johnson (R)

Salt Lake County Elections

Salt Lake County Council At-Large A
Shireen Ghorbani, Democratic Incumbent
Communications professional
Opponent: Laurie Stringham

Salt Lake County Council District 2
Deborah Gatrell, Democrat
Opponent: Fred Cox (R)

Salt Lake County Council District 4
Ann Granato, Democratic Incumbent
No opponent

Salt Lake County Council District 6
Terri Tapp Hrechkosy, Democrat
Opponent: Dea Theodore (R)

Salt Lake County Mayor
Jenny Wilson, Democratic Incumbent
Opponents: Trent Skaggs (R), Michael Cundick (G)

Salt Lake County Assessor
Jennifer Fresques, Democrat
Opponent: Chris Stavros (R)

Salt Lake County Recorder
Rashelle Hobbs, Democrat
Opponent: Erin Preston (R)

State Board of Education

Utah State Board of Education District 11 — Herriman
Tony Zani

For more information, visit equalityutah.org

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