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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Senator Orrin Hatch will face a challenge from a distant member of his own family next year -- Green Party candidate Julian Hatch.
The state's Green Party announced today that the 51-year-old environmental activist and disabled veteran accepted the party's nomination.
A lifelong Utah resident, Julian Hatch says he's running with the Green Party because Democrats have adopted so many Republican positions. He works as the state's coordinator for the Western Watersheds Project, a public lands policy group based in Hailey, Idaho.
Julian Hatch opposes the war in Iraq and will also campaign for abortion rights, affordable health care, tax reform and public land protection.
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