Eliason says his third party ticket appeals to Republicans and Democrats

Businessman Eric Eliason looks on sits for an interview with KUED Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Salt Lake City. A northern Utah candidate for a new centrist third-party is trying to drum up support for his challenge to eight-term U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop with a trove of cash and some Mormon humor. Eliason is facing an uphill climb in a heavily Republican district, but the United Utah Party candidate could capitalize on anxiety some voters still feel about President Donald Trump as well as partisan wrangling in Washington. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Eric Eliason is running for Congress to represent Utah’s 1st Congressional District, but he has chosen not to run on a ticket with other candidates. Instead, Eliason has associated himself with the United Utah Party and he says he believes he made the right decision.

Eliason says this way people can accept some parts of the Republican or Democratic party platforms without having to necessarily having to support them all.

“They say ethics and transparency are just totally messing up our system right now,” Eliason continues. “It’s all about the money, following the money, and wow, that really needs to change right now.

“Then, term limits, 80-percent of Americans favor term limits. I think we both know 30 people who would be better than Rob Bishop, or myself, or Lee Castillo.”

Eliason says there are 18 candidates this year running on the United Utah Party ticket throughout the state, but he is the only one north of Davis County.

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