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Republican Drops Suit Against State Over Remote Candidate Filing

Brian Grimmett, KUER
Chia-Chi Teng, a BYU professor, had tried to file to run in the 3rd Congressional District special election while overseas, but was denied by state election officials.

A Republican from the 3rd Congressional District who sued state officials to declare his candidacy while overseas says he will not pursue further legal action.
Chia-Chi Teng, a professor at Brigham Young University, is teaching in China and had tried to declare his candidacy via videoconference. Election officials did not accept his application because state law requires candidates to file in person. 

A third district judge denied Teng’s request for a restraining order on Friday. Teng said Monday he will not appeal the decision to the Utah Supreme Court so as not to delay the election.

Utah is one of two states that require candidates to file for office in person. In a press release, Teng said he will ask the state legislature to change what he called a “bad law.”

Teng unsuccessfully challenged Chaffetz in the 2016 primary.

There are 21 candidates running for the 3rd Congressional District seat. The election is set for November 7 and a primary will take place August 15.

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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