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McAleer Wins Democratic Nomination in 1st Congressional District

Judy Fahys

Democrats had a convention contest to see who would would get the chance to try unseating Republican Congressman Rob Bishop in the 1st Congressional District.

And now DonnaMcAleer is looking forward to a rematch against Bishop. She said she’s got much more ammunition against the incumbent in the two years since their last faceoff. McAleer says congressional bickering and Bishop’s role in the government shutdown last fall are good campaign issues in the 1st District.

“Our Utah pioneers came to this state for the common good, and it’s with that spirit that we must unite,” she said. “And we must help identify those independents and save them from the radical right. All Utahns, we need to get our country back on track – a track that’s not left, not right, but forward – right here, right now.”

McAleer faced Ogden doctor Peter Clemens going into Saturday’s Democratic State Party Convention. The contest was close enough to force a second round of voting. McAleer emerged with 66 percent of the vote and spare the party a costly primary.

Clemens said he was confident he’d be able to beat Bishop, but he thought it was most important to make the best of the party’s resources.

“Certainly, we want to be supportive of the Democratic candidate,” he said. “We want to move forward in a positive way.”

McAleer has a resume that includes work in the private, nonprofit and military sectors, along with being a bobsled driver. 

Judy Fahys has reported in Utah for two decades, covering politics, government and business before taking on environmental issues. She loves covering Utah, where petroleum-pipeline spills, the nation’s radioactive legacy and other types of pollution provide endless fodder for stories. Previously, she worked for the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah, and reported on the nation’s capital for States News Service and the Scripps League newspaper chain. She is a longtime member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She also spent an academic year as a research fellow in the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys being out in the environment, especially hiking, gardening and watercolor painting.
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