Navajo candidate announces bid for U.S. Senate

James Singer of Salt Lake City has filed paperwork, launched a <a href=””>campaign website</a> and opened a fundraising web page as he prepares to run for U.S. Senate.  He is among at least six candidates to date who have announced their intentions to run for the seat Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has held for two generations. Singer’s campaign manager, Madalena McNeil, said the “Singer for Senate” campaign will officially launch on Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a kickoff event at the <a href=””>Glendale Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library</a>. McNeil invites all Utahns to learn more about the candidate, who she said stands alone as a representative of Native voices.

Singer, a member of the Navajo Nation,  is a cofounder of the <a href=””>Utah League of Native American Voters</a> and is a strong advocate for tribal sovereignty.  He is running under the slogan “ready to fight for equality and prosperity for all Americans.”

“He looked at kind of everything that was going on in the country, not just as far as social justice and that kind of thing, but also the economic system and the labor markets and the different ways that all of that connects,” McNeil said. “He has the knowledge and the ability to talk to people about that, to create policy, and he saw that kind of opportunity, and especially for the Senate race. When we’ve had somebody in office for over 40 years, it’s time for somebody new who can really bring that background and that experience and that perspective to policies.”

McNeil said Singer teaches sociology at Westminster College and Salt Lake Community College. He is enrolled in a doctoral program in the Sociology of Labor Markets and Social Policy at Utah State University, where he is currently working on his dissertation research.

McNeil said Singer’s campaign uses a holistic approach to address social problems, and he hopes to tackle issues like economic inequality, systemic racism, gender inequality and environmental sustainability. Singer enjoys playing and watching soccer, singing and traveling. He and his wife have one daughter. More information about the 35-year-old candidate is available at <a href=””></a>. 

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