(TheProudRepublic.com) – The race to fill the seat of retiring GOP Senator Mitt Romney in Utah is heating up with two notable Republicans.
Rep. John Curtis and Brent Orrin Hatch, son of the late Sen. Orrin Hatch, are throwing their hats into the ring.
John Curtis, who reversed his initial decision not to run, officially announced his candidacy through a video statement.
Having served in Congress since 2017, Curtis is positioning himself as a candidate focused on core Republican values.
He emphasized his commitment to tackling what he perceives as the Biden administration’s “reckless spending,” achieving energy independence and dominance for America, securing the southern border, confronting China, and opposing federal overreach in Utah’s land management.
In contrast, Brent Orrin Hatch, while lacking experience as an elected official, brings a background steeped in Washington, D.C., politics.
His professional history includes serving as a law clerk to Judge Robert H. Bork and as an associate White House counsel under President George H.W. Bush.
Emphasizing his non-politician status, Hatch has over 33 years of experience as a lawyer in Utah.
His campaign will focus on addressing inflation, managing the federal budget, and securing the border. Hatch aims to build on his father’s legacy, who served in the Senate for 42 years before being succeeded by Romney.
The Republican field for this seat also includes Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs and former Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, among others.
The race, deemed “Solid Republican” by The Cook Political Report, is drawing significant interest following Romney’s announcement in mid-September not to seek re-election, advocating for a “new generation of leaders.”
This Utah Senate race is shaping up to be a significant battleground for GOP candidates, each bringing distinct backgrounds and priorities to the forefront of their campaigns.