Group replaces former candidate to run against Matheson

Posted - Feb. 6, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of citizens who chose their own candidate to run against Congressman Jim Matheson have replaced that person with someone else.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Claudia Wright will replace University of Utah professor John Weis as the Utah Citizens' Candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. Weis stepped down after realizing he did not have the time to run for office.

Wright was the runner-up in last week's vote and will now go up against Matheson at the Democratic primary in May.

Wright was a teacher at Cottonwood High School for several decades. She now teaches gender studies at the University of Utah.

The Utah Citizens' Candidate initially started with a Craigslist ad seeking a suitable Democrat to run against Matheson.

Many in the group think Matheson has failed as a representative.

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