Salt Lake City Activist and Author Join Race for 4th Congressional District | News, Sports, Jobs

Harrison Epstein, Daily Herald

Darlene McDonald speaks during a vigil for Izzy Tichenor at Utah Valley University on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

On Saturday, the first leading Democrat joined the race for Utah’s 4th congressional district. Darlene McDonald, author and activist, announced her candidacy on Twitter through a press release.

“I’m running for Congress because I’m tired of seeing endless distractions as our country faces serious and very real issues that are being ignored,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “As a mother and grandmother, I want to ensure that our future generations have access to education, employment and home ownership.”

McDonald is the founder of the 1UtahProject, a nonprofit organization focused on suffrage in the state.

On their page, McDonald is also listed as a member of the boards of directors of the Utah Women’s Democratic Club and the executive committee of the Utah Democratic Party. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Alliance for a Better Utah and was President of the Utah Black Roundtable from 2019-2020.

McDonald previously ran unsuccessfully for Salt Lake County Council in 2019 and for Utah’s 4th District in 2017. McDonald lost in the Democratic primary to Ben McAdams, who then defeated Mia Love. McDonald then defended her position against McAdams, telling the Democratic convention, “I’m the progressive in this race.”

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

Darlene McDonald poses for a photo Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Lehi.

McAdams was defeated by Rep. Burgess Owens in 2020. Jake Hunsaker, a former Wall Street worker who is running in the Republican primary against Owens, is also running for the 4th District seat.

“We can’t afford to just cross our fingers and hope for the best. We need members of Congress who, instead of focusing on distractions, do real work on real issues that affect real Americans of all walks of life,” McDonald wrote.

Along with cheers and messages of support and offers to volunteer from followers on her Twitter account, she posted a link to her ActBlue account for donations.

According to recently approved congressional maps, Utah County is more evenly split between the 3rd District, represented by former Provo Mayor John Curtis, and the 4th District, which now includes residents of Lehi west of the highway, parts west of Utah Lake and all the way south. from 400 South in Springville to the Sanpete/Sevier county line.


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