Utah senator, mayor among top candidates for Chaffetz's seat

State lawmakers and a mayor were among those expected Friday to lead a packed field of nearly two dozen contenders for the Utah congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Fifteen Republicans, four Democrats, one Libertarian and two independents have filed to run after Chaffetz announced he would step down next month from the heavily Republican 3rd Congressional District, which stretches from suburban Salt Lake City to desert towns in southeastern Utah.

Friday is the final day to file to run for most candidates.

Republican state Sen. Deidre Henderson could be a key candidate. She has served in the state Senate since 2013 and was Chaffetz’s campaign manager in his run for office in 2008.

John Curtis, mayor of the city of Provo, which is home to the Mormon-owned Brigham Young University, could also get some traction. Despite name recognition and a track record as a popular mayor, he…

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