Morgan County’s Tina Cannon running for Rob Bishop’s Congressional seat

Morgan County’s Tina Cannon running for Rob Bishop’s Congressional seat

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SALT LAKE CITY — A two-term Morgan County Council member, tax accountant and the 2018 Utah Mother of the Year announced Tuesday she is running in 2020 for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Rep. Rob Bishop, who said last month he’s retiring from D.C. politics.

Tina Cannon said she’s launching a grassroots campaign to earn voter support among residents in the 10 counties in the 1st District.

“I am running for Congress because Washington needs a fearless conservative who will do what is right, who will vote with integrity and principle,” she said in a YouTube video.

“As a descendant of Utah pioneers, I was taught the values of honesty and integrity,” she said.

Cannon is the first candidate to officially announce she wants to replace the retiring eight-term GOP incumbent, although there is rumored interest from Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, and Bruce Hough, former state GOP chairman.

Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt announced late last month her intent to form an exploratory committee for a possible entrance in the 1st District race next year.

Cannon, a mother of four and small-business owner, said the federal government needs to get out of the way of business and public lands should be managed by the people closest to them, not some “D.C. bureaucrat.”

Additionally, the Mountain Green resident said she will work to strengthen the position of Hill Air Force Base in the nation’s military and advocates for border policies that informs government who is in the United States and why. She said that knowledge is “just common sense.”

In an interview Tuesday, Cannon said she and her family made the decision to get into the race after talking with others active in politics and because of her long friendship with Bishop. Her initial involvement working on a congressional campaign was Bishop’s first run at office.

As the discussions swirled around what voters wanted and what they needed to “fill the high bar” set by Bishop, Cannon said she started to reflect.

Sometimes a change in the person, a change in the voice, a change in the perspective is a good, refreshing change.

“If I am going to ask other people to step up and make the sacrifice, I ought to be willing to do it myself,” she said.

Cannon, former Morgan County GOP chair, said she’s already visited with residents in Cache and Uintah counties and plans to visit Box Elder County next week.

She said she believes the disfunction in Congress may well be eased by different voices bringing solutions where that may be room for agreement.

“Sometimes a change in the person, a change in the voice, a change in the perspective is a good, refreshing change,” she said.

A news release detailed the views of some early supporters.

“Tina will stand up for Utah’s businesses, get the federal government out of our way so our economy can continue to expand and prosper,” said Cory Gerrard, a former small-business owner in Davis County. “Tina is a tenacious business owner who will fight for the values in Utah’s 1st District in Congress.”

Gina Worthen, a Cache County Council member who knows Cannon, said the candidate will fight for local control and limited federal government.

“Tina knows that our communities work best when the people who live in them are leading them. Tina will fight for limited government and local control.”

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Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Amy Joi O’Donoghue is a reporter for the Utah InDepth team at the Deseret News with decades of expertise in land and environmental issues.


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