SALT LAKE CITY >> A transgender woman making her first foray into politics won Utah’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary tonight.
Misty Snow, a grocery store clerk, will face off against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee in November after winning the Democratic nomination. Snow would become Utah’s first openly transgender elected official if she wins the general election. She defeated marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton in the primary.
Snow ran on a platform of raising the minimum wage and being an advocate for women’s rights and the LGBT community. Lee ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Snow lost to Swinton in the state’s party convention in April, but the race went to the primary because Swinton didn’t get 60 percent of the vote at the convention.
Meanwhile, Morgan Philpot lost a state Senate race in Utah County to Dan Hemmert, who owns a chain of dry cleaning stores. Philpot is a former Utah lawmaker serving as an attorney for the leader of a wildlife refuge occupation in Oregon. He was hired to defend Ammon Bundy against a federal conspiracy charge.
Also, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he’s grateful Republican voters picked him as their nominee over businessman Jonathan Johnson. Herbert spoke to reporters outside the governor’s mansion after results from the primary election showed him winning by a large margin. Herbert has been in office since 2009.