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1st in Run Against Senator Lee is a Washington Outsider and Democrat

Dr. Jonathan Swinton

Marriage and family therapist Dr. Jonathan Swinton announced his run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. He filed with the Federal Elections Commission Monday as a Democrat. Swinton says he works everyday with people who don’t know how to get along and he helps them figure out how to be cooperative, to listen, and be supportive of one another when they don’t get along.

“…all skills that people in Washington don’t have and Mike Lee has shown he can be quite divisive and hold very hard lines on issues, says Swinton. “And I think the people of Utah really want somebody who’s willing to be cooperative and be willing to work with people.”

Swinton says he’s a native Utahn who believes in Democratic ideals because he’s interested in people. He says that makes him a Washington outsider with the skills to be successful in Congress.      

“I think as a Democrat I have an appreciation for the struggles that real people have in our state, says Swinton”

He is the first Democrat to declare for the Senate race and the first candidate to oppose Republican incumbent Mike Lee for the position of the state’s junior senator.  Both Democrats and Republicans will hold their nominating conventions next Spring.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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