LAYTON — Green Party hopeful Adam Davis is a long shot in his bid for the 1st District U.S. House seat, now held by GOPer Rob Bishop, who's seeking his ninth term.

But it's not just about winning, necessarily. Advocates of the Green Party, which touts environmental protection, non-violence and social justice, are trying to establish an ongoing place for the political group in Utah, and fielding candidates is part of the process. "I'm not going to sit here and be delusional and say I'm going to be the next congressman," he said from his Layton apartment.

Beyond that, the traditional two-party system, Democrats and Republicans, leaves many out, Davis thinks.

"We feel there are a lot of us that aren't being represented, especially in our two-party system," he said. "We're trying to speak to some of those disenfranchised voters."

Aside from Bishop and Davis, the other hopefuls for the 1st District seat are Democrat Lee Castillo and Eric Eliason of the United Utah Party. The district covers Weber County, northern Davis County and eight other counties in northern and northeastern Utah.

Davis, recently laid off from his software consultant job, is one of only four candidates running for office in Utah this cycle under the Green Party banner, he said. The others are District 12 Utah Senate hopeful Abrian Velarde, District 61 Utah House hopeful Matt Styles and Tooele County Commission candidate Brendan Phillips.

Green Party advocates successfully petitioned for the right for a place on the 2018 Utah ballot, but staying there in the years to come requires that party hopefuls win a certain threshold of votes in U.S. House contests, Davis said. That factored in his bid to run for the U.S. House, but his roots in Ogden and displeasure with Bishop, who's from Brigham City, also figured.

"I feel Ogden doesn't get well represented within our state political scene, especially on this level," Davis said. Bishop hasn't "represented the needs of most people in the district," he continued, alluding to the decision of President Donald Trump's administration to scale back the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, a move that Bishop backed but Davis opposed.

Davis, inspired to switch from the Democratic Party by the 2012 and 2016 Green Party presidential campaigns of Jill Stein, also singles out what he says is the "agenda of continuing war" of Democrats and Republicans. The ongoing war on terrorism "seems to be either making us less safe or not making a difference at all," Davis said.

He also strives to create a government "that takes care of and empowers people." The rights of workers, he says, have eroded over the years as the power of labor unions has diminished and more and more states pass right-to-work laws, which critics say put more workplace power in the hands of corporations.

Related to that, he favors a federal initiative empowering local governmental units "to act as an employer of last resort," assuring a stable of jobs.

Davis had mustered just $840 in contributions as of June 30 for his bid, according to the Federal Elections Commission. That's the lowest by far of all the 1st District candidates.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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