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Stewart Scores Business Endorsements in 2nd Congressional Race

Andrea Smardon

Republican candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Chris Stewart was endorsed Friday by the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 

Stewart staged his press conference at Utah Metal Works – a small business that repurposes scrap materials.  Behind him, a mini excavator fed a pile of insulated wires into a machine that chops them into small pieces, so the valuable copper can be separated.  Stewart told KUER that as a small business owner, he understands what businesses like Utah Metal Works need to thrive. 

“First is that if you want small business to grow, or if you want any business to grow, you have to get the heavy boot of government off of the throat of business,”  Stewart said, “The second is we will grow our economy from the private sector, not from Washington DC.  It’s impossible for them to create jobs.  It has to come from business owners and business people.”

Stewart wants to cut federal regulations and supports permanent reductions in business taxes.  He’s competing against Jay Seegmiller for the seat now held by Democrat Jim Matheson, who is running in the state’s new 4th District.  Matheson has also been endorsed by the US Chamber and the NFIB.  

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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