Activist, DNC delegate congressional candidate against Owens

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Burgess Owens has a new challenger in the 2022 election.

Darlene McDonald announced on Saturday that she will run against the incumbent who represents Utah’s 4th congressional district.

McDonald is a local community activist and member of the Democratic National Committee. She was a current President Joe Biden’s delegate to the 2020 election.

“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. Issues like the supply chain, collapsing infrastructure and the national debt need to be resolved urgently. As a mom and grandmother, I want to make sure our future generations have access to education, jobs and property,” McDonald said. in the ad. “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, are doing real work, on real issues that affect real people. Americans of all walks of life.”

Her campaign ad states that she works in the tech industry and is a published writer and author. She is also the founder of the nonprofit 1 Utah Project, which aims to “encourage civic engagement within BIPOC communities and disgruntled Utah voters, as well as push back against misinformation.”

McDonald’s is also “a strong voice speak out against racial discrimination in Utah public schools,” the statement read.

Owens’ campaign manager Sean Flignor released this statement in response to the announcement of a new challenger:

“Burgess Owens is a conservative champion for the Utahns and will be re-elected based on his delivery record for his constituents.”

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