Decision time approaching for voters in 3CD special primary

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The race is heating up to replace former Representative Jason Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.

In a little more than three weeks, we will know which candidate will walk away with the Republican Party nomination.

In fact, next week, ballots for the special primary election will start to arrive in the mail.

Three candidates are in the running for one spot to move on to the general election in November, 2017.

Former State Representative Chris Herrod won the delegate vote at the special convention back in June, 2017.

He’s touting his international experience, and record in the Utah House.

“When 80% of Americans don’t trust their elected leaders to do what they say they are going to do, I think that’s a problem, I think it’s dangerous actually. And, I have actually done what I said I was going to do,” said Herrod.

Provo Mayor John Curtis came up short at convention, but petitioned his way on the ballot with signatures.

He points to his experience as a successful business owner, and running the largest city in the district.

“I think it’s important that people know that although I’ve tried things in different parties to push back at the party a little bit, I’ve never changed my principles, they’ve always been the same. And, if you look at how we’ve governed Provo, you’ll see a real strong conservative record as well,” said Curtis.

Newcomer Tanner Ainge skipped convention all together, and took the signature route to the primary.

He’s spent the last decade working on private equity, and venture capital investments.

“That means that I’ve had to evaluate companies of all shapes and sizes, and go through their industries, and identify trends and go through their financial statements to identify waste and ways to balance the budgets,” said Ainge.

We go in depth with all three candidates on health care, national debt, foreign affairs and more.

Catch the full interviews Sunday on Inside Utah Politics at 8am.

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