Donna McAleer, Basin Democrat, wins another shot at Rob Bishop
Ryan Summerlin April 26, 2014
Donna McAleer, a Democrat from Pinebrook, won the party’s nomination in the 1st Congressional District contest on Saturday, propelling her onto the November ballot against the Republican incumbent, Rep. Rob Bishop.
McAleer defeated Peter Clemens, a North Ogden physician, for the nomination during the state Democratic Party convention at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. She won the nomination in a second round of voting by convention delegates.
McAleer captured 66.3 percent of the vote in the second round to the 33.6 percent tallied by Clemens. She also won a first round vote, 58.9 percent to 40.1 percent, nearly securing the nomination in the initial vote.
"It’s time we get our country back on track," McAleer said after winning the nomination.
The win at the convention allows McAleer to focus her efforts on Election Day in November. Had neither of the two Democrats won the nomination on Saturday, they would have competed in a June primary election. A primary would have forced them to spend an extensive amount of time, as well as campaign funds, attempting to win the party’s nomination. McAleer can raise money for Election Day and target Bishop without first having to win a primary.
It will be the second consecutive contest in the 1st Congressional District pitting McAleer against Bishop. The incumbent routed McAleer in 2012, winning a little more than 71 percent of the vote. McAleer won Summit County on Election Day, but her home county accounts for a small portion of the voters in the district. McAleer said the shutdown of the federal government makes Bishop vulnerable this year. She said she will support working families and added that her campaign will stress issues like health care, the economy and wilderness in Utah.
Clemens said afterward he will support McAleer in November.