Utah County Commission Candidate Called to Active Duty

Utah County Commission Candidate Called to Active Duty

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Utah County Commission candidate Jim Bischoff has been called up for active duty in Afghanistan and will miss the campaign season.

Bischoff, 40, Benjamin, was called up last week and left Saturday. He is scheduled to return in August, long after the all-Republican race has been decided at the April county convention or the June primary.

After his orders came through, he and his wife, Alesia, decided the campaign could continue without him, with her doing the campaigning and he providing guidance via e-mail.

"You can't always choose when your country needs you to go," Alesia Bischoff said.

Jim Bischoff has been in the National Guard for 19 years and is an intelligence officer.

Alesia Bischoff will send campaign information to county delegates, and she plans to split delegate phone lists among relatives and friends helping on the campaign.

Jim Bischoff said he may be able to have a friend represent him at debates.

Bischoff is a farm and ranch appraiser.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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