3rd District candidates debate at BYU

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The top candidates running to replace Jason Chaffetz in the 3rd Congressional District faced off on the campus of BYU, Wednesday night.

The Utah Debate Commission hosted the debate, with a new twist this time around. A third party candidate made the cut to share the spotlight with the two major party candidates.

The front runner is Provo Mayor and Republican nominee John Curtis.

“I hope you’ll look at my track record both as a businessman and the mayor of Provo. You’ll see a record of accomplishment, of working with people of all sorts of different opinions,” said Curtis.

He was joined on the debate stage by Democratic candidate Dr. Kathie Allen.

“One of these people up here is not like the others. I’m a mom, a grandma, a family doctor,” said Allen.

And Jim Bennett of the newly formed United Utah Party.

“The two party system for our day is broken, and that’s why the United Utah Party is an alternative to the people who have been left behind by the Republicans and the Democrats,” said Bennett.

They faced off, offering their view on some the big topics of the day.

Like gun control, the Trump agenda, public lands, North Korea and how they would handle healthcare.

The debate that will ultimately be decided by 3rd District voters on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Allen and Bennett have some serious ground to make up. According to the latest Salt Lake Tribune poll, Curtis has a 27 point lead over Allen and a 37 point lead over Bennett.

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