Pair of Democrats challenging Bishop

Kurt Weiland and Lee Castillo. Images courtesy of J Lee Castillo for Congress and Kurt Weiland For US Congress Facebook pages.

LOGAN – Kurt Weiland of Bountiful and Lee Castillo from Layton are both looking to challenge Rob Bishop for his seat in Utah’s 1st Congressional District. But before that happens, Weiland and Castillo are running against each other in the Democratic Party’s primary election, which will take place June 26.

Castillo said the five terms Bishop has served is long enough and that it is time for new ideas – especially with issues such as public land. Castillo noted the seat was previously held by a Democrat and said the way things are going in Washington it is time for another change.

Republican Congressman Rob Bishop speaks as he and Democratic challenger Donna McAleer partake in the Utah Debate Commission’s 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Ogden, Utah. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart, Pool)

“Unlike my opponent, I have actually been out there registering new voters and this is our time,” he said. “This is our time to take that seat back. So I hope that as voters take their ballots and fill in the ovals, I hope they fill in Lee Castillo because I am not afraid to go out there in the communities in which I want to serve and register these people. It’s imperative to have communication and interactions with the people you want to serve.”

Weiland said if elected he will handle the job much differently than Bishop. He said he would want to mix more with the people and get to know their needs and aspirations.

“In any kind of term that I would serve I would be here in the district every single month talking with people,” he said. “We would have town halls, we would have community forums, we would talk and we would listen. We would take the tough questions and we would not shuffle the deck so that all of the easy questions are on top.”

Weiland said he also believes in term limits and suggested two four-year terms for a representative and two six-year terms for a senator.

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