The filing period doesn’t open for a few weeks, but a Providence man is already announcing he is running for the Utah Legislature. Chuck Bateman says he will be running in District 5 on the Republican Party ticket with support of the Independence Caucus. Bateman has a masters degree in Agricultural Education and experience in the education, agricultural and financial industries. He says he is deeply concerned that the federal government is blatantly encroaching upon the freedoms and liberties of the American people and the sovereign nature of the individual state. In Utah, Bateman says he is concerned about Second Amendment rights and land issues. “Nearly 70 percent of the land in Utah is owned or controlled by the federal government,” Bateman says, “and there’s no U.S. constitutional basis for them having that ownership or control. “It is my feeling that the state of Utah is losing considerable revenues because it doesn’t have access to the minerals and activities that can go on on these lands.” Bateman will make a formal announcement Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cobblestone Commercial Building located at 525 West 465 North Suite 102 in Providence. He invites anyone interested to attend.
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