June 7, 2023
Utah House of Representatives
The executive and legislative branches establish a new election schedule
to fill the vacancy of Congressman Stewart
SALT LAKE CITY (June 7, 2023) — On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Representative Chris Stewart of Utah’s 2nd congressional district notified Governor Spencer J. Cox that he will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives effective September 15, 2023.
“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve the good people of Utah in Congress,” Rep. Stewart shared in his letter. “My family and I have been very blessed by this experience. I thank you for your leadership as Governor and for your dedication to our great state. »
As a result, the executive and legislative branches have developed a timeline to fill the vacancy. In order to minimize the length of time the House seat will be vacant and to accommodate this year’s municipal election, the statewide primary election will be held on September 5, 2023 and the general election on November 21, 2023 .
Governor Cox has issued two proclamations related to the special election. The first calls a special election and sets the time for the election. The second convenes a special session of the Legislature to allocate money for elections, change municipal election dates, and address other election-related issues. The extraordinary session will be held on Wednesday 14 June 2023 at 16:00
“This timeline will ensure a smooth and efficient transition with minimal disruption to our electoral process. We understand these are unusual circumstances and we appreciate the efforts of our municipalities and county employees in adapting this election program, » said Governor Cox. « Rep. Stewart represented our state with integrity and dedication and we are grateful for the honorable manner in which he performed his duties and represented the people of our great state.”
« This special election timeline outlines a sensible approach for candidates, parties, voters and election administrators, » said Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson. « We balanced urgency with election security and accuracy. »
“It is imperative that Utah continue to have full representation in Washington, DC,” said President J. Stuart Adams. “With Congressman Stewart resigning, it makes sense to fill the position as quickly as possible. Utah is known for coming together to find quick and cost-effective solutions that best serve Utah residents. With this special election, Utah will only be without full representation for a short time. Congressman Stewart is a dedicated public servant and I thank him for his service to our state and nation. »
« Adjusting the election timeline will ensure Utah residents have their voices fully represented in our nation’s capital, » President Brad Wilson said. “We cannot afford to be without a quarter of our representation for an extended period of time. The proposed schedule will allow for a seamless transition and only a short period of time without representation. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Congressman Stewart and wish him and his family good health and happiness. »