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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County councilwoman Jenny Wilson is running to challenge U.S. Orrin Hatch for his Senate seat next year.

The Democrat serving her second six-year term on the council said Monday that it's time for a change after Hatch's 40 years in office.

Wilson, the daughter of former Salt Lake City mayor Ted Wilson, has served on a number of nonprofit boards and produced and directed a documentary film about a rescue on Grand Teton.

Hatch says he intends to run for re-election in 2018 but the Republican senator has not made a final decision on whether he'll actually seek another term.

Hatch's spokesman Matt Whitlock said in a statement that the senator's role as chair of the Senate Finance committee puts him at the center of critical debates and he'll win if he runs for re-election.

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