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5 Spot | Democratic contender for 3rd District seat in Congress, Bennion Spencer

By Jennie Nicholls
Posted // July 16,2008 -

Predictions of the upcoming elections this November should include the word “close.” Democratic contender for the 3rd District seat in Congress, Bennion Spencer, having lost two elections before, will take a stab at edging out new kid on the block—and source of incumbent Chris Cannon’s undoing—Jason Chaffetz.

After losing twice before, why do you think this election will be different?
I believe Bob Bennett lost a school board race before he ran for the Senate. Abraham Lincoln lost several elections before he was elected president of the United States. The lesson is: If you believe in something strongly enough—never give up.

Do you think you have a better shot at winning now that Cannon is out of the picture?
No question! First, I live in the district. It is very important that I can vote for myself. This is now an open seat which levels the playing field. The movement of change that is rolling across the nation favors Democratic candidates.

What politician do you look up to?
Gerald Ford, he pardoned Richard Nixon, even though he felt he should have been punished. With the pain of Vietnam and a torn nation, President Ford needed to move the nation forward even though he knew giving Nixon a pardon would more than likely cost him his election.

Are there any unconventional changes in your plans if elected?
Not really. I still plan to keep my cell phone public so that I can keep in touch with all my constituents personally.

What is the biggest obstacle facing you as a nominee?
As Democratic candidates, we have to do a lot of basic campaigning door to door, calling people, voter registration, and the work is hard, the hours are long, but it is the test of the office.

 
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Posted // July 17,2008 at 14:44 Jason scares me... He was a Democrat that changed parties then went to work for the Governor and was fired. I think he scares most everyone that has been around him at all. That could explain why only 17% of registered Republicans turned out for the primary. Jason has conned a lot of people but they all catch on eventually. Don’t vote for him just because he has an R behind his name.nnI hope Bennion wins by one vote. It would serve Jason right for not running in the district he lives in.

 

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Posted // July 17,2008 at 13:29 Jason is a dick! He has purchased whores for clients and then tried to get reimbursed. He has had gay sex, and he was fired by the current Governor. nnIf he wins Utah will be in a mess.

 

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Posted // July 17,2008 at 08:44 It’s true that there is no incumbant in this race and therefore the playing field is more level. So, I encourage all voters to do their homework and see where each candidate stands on the issues. Mr. Spencer seems like a nice guy, but I find Mr. Chaffetz’s stances on the issues, particularly immigration, more in line with my views. We all need to get educated and vote. Poor voter turnout reflects poorly on us as the voters in the 3rd District!

 

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Posted // July 16,2008 at 13:55 I wish Bennion good luck with his books. If you think he has a really good chance, you for get the percentage that voted for Jason in June, against someone already in office.nnJason meets all the legal and Constitutional requirements to be onnthe ballot. The Founders specifically excluded a district residencynrequirement because of concerns about gerrymandering.nnJason lives in Alpine, which is 11,000 feet from the districtnboundary. He has lived in Utah County for 20 years.nnGerrymandering in 2001 removed 4 Utah County cities from the Third District and combined them with the less conservative communities of the Second District.nnThe legislature has officially approved only one map for a FourthnDistrict at this time. It puts Alpine back in the Third District.

 

 
 
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