The Spectrum & Daily News
Candidates hoping to run in 2022 will have to make their campaigns official a little earlier this year, with a new filing period starting next week thanks to a measure passed by the Utah Legislature.
The new schedule, passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Spencer Cox earlier this month, moves the filing dates forward from March 4-11 to a shorter period that stretches from Feb. 28 to March 4.
After this year, the filing period will be even earlier, starting in the first week in January for elections in even-numbered years.
Backers said the new dates will help the public to know who their candidates are sooner and before the Republican and Democratic parties host their regular caucus events, something that has been an issue in the past.
Voters in southwestern Utah will have a number of key races on the ballot this year, including several state legislative races.
The 2022 election also includes races for the 2nd Congressional District, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican, and the contest for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, also a Republican.
The state treasurer position and two seats on the Utah State Board of Education will also be decided.