Utah's 2nd Congressional District Challenge for 2018

EzDebate is challenging each candidate to answer questions for their constituents. We will be posting the recorded answers so voters can view them.


Chris Stewart (Republican)

Chris Stewart is the Congressman from Utah's Second Congressional District. He is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling and national award-winning author, world-record-setting Air Force pilot, and the former owner/CEO of a small business.

Chris is one of ten children and grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley. He graduated from Utah State University, where he earned his degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the United States Air Force where he was the Distinguished Graduate (top of his class) in both Officer Training School and Undergraduate Pilot Training. He served for fourteen years as a pilot in the Air Force, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. He holds three world speed records, including the world’s record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world.

Chris is a prolific author having written 17 books, several of which have become national best-sellers, and have been published in six different countries.

Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a nationally recognized firm with consulting expertise in energy and the environment. He and his wife, Evie, are the parents of six children.

Chris now serves as a member of House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

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Randy Hopkins (Democrat)
Participation Confirmed

An executive with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Randy's 35-year career provided associations with intelligent, dedicated business, federal and state leaders who had a passion for helping others improve their life circumstances. Randy has partnered with economic development teams in Ogden City and Weber County assessing and facilitating needs within communities. He led the operation to modernize the Utah Unemployment Insurance program, bringing it into the digital age. This system is nationally recognized as one of the most efficient and effectively managed in the U.S.



Mary Burkett (Republican)
Participation Confirmed

Mary Burkett, a member of the Republican State Central Committee and former vice chairwoman of the Washington County Republican Party, says she is not looking for a career in politics. Her desire is to reflect the needs of her constituents. She disagrees with Chris Stewarts voting record and feels he is not looking out for his constituents.

Although Mary was born and raised outside of Utah, she now resides in St. George. Mary understands that many in the 2nd district want to remain Constitutionally based.

Burket has been an advertising executive and been active in various political causes.



John Sittner (Independent)

John Sittner, the founder of Ancestry.com, has filed paperwork to run for Congress as an independent candidate in Utah's 2nd CD.

Sittner, who is also the owner of Ethos Investments, a real estate investment firm, filed paperwork last week ahead of his candidacy. Sittner previously was director of Olympic opportunities and planning for Salt Lake City leading up to the 2002 Winter Games.