SALT LAKE CITY — Conservative Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has endorsed Republican Chris Herrod in Utah's 3rd Congressional District race.
"As a state representative and leader in his community, Chris has proven that he understands the principles of liberty and has shown that he is willing to fight for them,” Paul said in news release Tuesday. "There is no doubt that he has the convictions that will help to move this country in the right direction."
Herrod, a former Utah House member, is in a three-way contest with Provo Mayor John Curtis and Alpine attorney Tanner Ainge for the GOP nomination in the special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who resigned last month. Democrat Kathie Allen is already on the general election ballot.
"Now more than ever, Obamacare is hurting citizens in Utah and across the country. We need more members of Congress like Chris in order to repeal this broken system, and I look forward to working with him in Washington to reduce the size of government and return liberty to all Americans," said Paul, one of the Republican senators opposed to the latest Senate health care bill.