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Tina Cannon to seek US House seat, garners Rob Bishop’s endorsement

By Tim Vandenack - | Feb 18, 2022

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Tina Cannon, candidate in the 2022 election cycle for Utah's 1st District U.S. House seat.

Tina Cannon, a former member of the Morgan County Council, is vying again for the 1st District U.S. House seat, this time with the endorsement of Rob Bishop, who held the post through 2020.

She’s vying “because I strongly believe our constituents need an experienced, dedicated leader to refocus federal fiscal policy-making around our core Republican principles,” Cannon said in a statement. “If elected, I will represent my constituents by promoting Utah’s values such as controlling federal spending, balancing federal budgets, limiting the size and scope of government programs, simplifying federal taxation and local control.”

Cannon, a Republican from Morgan, unsuccessfully vied for the seat in 2020, after Bishop, a Brigham City GOPer who held the post for nine terms, decided not to run again. He steered clear of endorsing any of the many hopefuls who ran for the seat two years ago — Blake Moore, who now holds the post, ultimately won — but is now backing Cannon.

“I whole-heartedly endorse Tina Cannon as the best candidate for Congressional District 1,” Bishop said in Cannon’s announcement. “In the many years I have worked with Tina, she has led with forward-thinking, conservative ideals and is well-equipped to represent Utah’s 1st Congressional District in Congress.”

Cannon volunteered for Bishop’s first congressional campaign and he has been a supporter of her political endeavors since then, according to Colton Stock, her campaign spokesman. Bishop was first elected to the House in 2002.

Aside from Moore and Cannon, a handful of others have indicated they’ll run for the 1st District U.S. House seat. The district boundaries were redrawn by Utah lawmakers last year, and it now covers Northern Utah, including Weber and Morgan counties and parts of Salt Lake, Davis and Summit counties, among others. Removed from the district was the area east of Salt Lake City that included the Uintah Basin and Duchesne and Uintah counties.

Cannon, who runs an accounting firm, served two terms on the Morgan County Council and has held various roles in the Republican Party over the years. In her U.S. House bid in 2020, she finished third out of 12 GOP contenders at the Utah Republican Party Convention, out of contention.

“Representing a small county means reaching out, working together and building a coalition of support and consensus with other community leaders. It is the only way I have ever been able to get things done,” she said. She also said she’d fight to reduce “unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations.”

The formal filing period for offices on the ballot in 2022 hasn’t begun. But three 1st District hopefuls have announced plans to seek signatures and petition for a place on the ballot, including Moore, Cannon and William Campell, a GOPer who’s seeking office for the first time.

Andrew Badger, a Republican, is also running, according to his website and the Federal Election Commission. Alena Ericksen, also a Republican, had said she planned to run, but later reversed course and won’t seek the post.

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