U.S. SENATE - REPUBLICAN
BOB BENNETT, 58, former president of the company that owns Franklin Day-time Planners, has put about $1 million of his own money into his campaign for the U.S. Senate -- his first bid for an elective office.
Bennett says he has one main goal--reform Congress. He wants to cut the congressional staff by 25 percent, give the president a line-item veto and adopt a balanced budget amendment.
He also wants to cut the federal deficit but believes Congress' problems come first.
Bennett was born in Salt Lake City, the youngest son of former U.S. Sen. Wallace F. Bennett. He graduated from the Univeristy of Utah and went to Washington, where he held a number of jobs -- including a short stint as an aide to his father.
He served Richard Nixon's administration as a congressional liason for the Transportation Department before leaving to buy a public relations firm. He later went to work for billionaire recluse Howard Hughes, leaving the company after Hughes' death. He ran several companies in California before returning to Utah in the mid-1980s as president of Franklin.
JOE CANNON, 43, has spent nearly $4 million of his own money so far, making his first run at elective office as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Cannon, principal owner of Geneva Steel, has run a different campaign, not accepting any political-action committee or special-interest money and sponsoring a series of free lectures by prominent Americans such as former Judge Robert Bork.
He says his emphasis in Congress would be eliminating the federal deficit and bringing Congress under control. He considers himself a problem-solver who can get things done, both in government and private business.
Cannon was born in Utah and comes from a long line of pioneer settlers. He was raised in Southern California. He attended Brigham Young University and BYU law school. He worked in the Environmental Protection Agency for several years during the 1980s before leaving to join a large Washington law firm.
After learning that U.S. Steel was going to shut down the Geneva works in the late 1980s, Cannon put together a team of investors that bought the aging Mill in Orem.
DOUG ANDERSON, 42, is a Democrat seeking his first elective office -- a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Like Joe Cannon and Bob Bennett, Anderson is a millionaire and has put $1.4 million of his own money into his race.
Anderson says Utahns are demanding change in Congress this year and says he is the only Democrat who can win because his opponent, Democrat Wayne Owens, serves in the U.S. House and is a member of the Washington establishment.
Anderson says he'll cut federal spending in most areas and reform Congress along the way.
Anderson was born in Logan and raised in California. He attended Utah State University and Harvard. He taught at Harvard Business School for several years, taking time out to serve in the Reagan administration's Treasury Department.
He and two Harvard colleagues started an international consulting firm several years ago, serving such clients as Chrysler Corp. Anderson returned to Utah after his firm was started and commutes to consult.
WAYNE OWENS, 55, has been on the Utah political scene for 20 years and this year is making his second run for the U.S. Senate.
Owens was first elected to the U.S. House in 1972. He represented the 2nd Congressional District, which at that time covered about half the state. In 1974, he lost a U.S. Senate race to Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah.
Owens returned to politics in 1984, losing a bid for governor.
In 1986, Owens ran for his old 2nd District seat again, only this time the district covered most of Salt Lake County. He won. Owens won re-election to the House in 1988 and 1990. He gave up his House seat, which was redistricted by the GOP Legislature to be more Republican, to run for the Senate this year.
RICHARD EYRE, 48, is seeking his first elective office as a Republican running for governor.
Eyre and his wife, Linda, are well-known to a numberof Utahns through their family-oriented books and TV show. Eyre says he's running a different kind of campaign in Utah, not accepting any money from political action committees and limiting the amount individuals and businesses can donate. He wrote a book about Utah and its problems, outlining his solutions.
Eyre favors a voucher system for Utah's schools that would allow parents to shop around for schools and spend their education dollars in a competitive, free-market atmosphere. He supports a health insurance system in which employers would "give" their employees the amount of their current insurance premiums, letting employees shop around for the best health-care buy.
Eyre was born in Maryland but moved to Utah at an early age and was raised in Logan. He attended Utah State University, got a master's degree from BYU and an MBA from Harvard. He ran a political consulting company in Washington, D.C., before returning to Utah to write, lecture and consult.
MIKE LEAVITT, 41, is seeking his first elective office, running for governor as a republican.
Leavitt endorses the state's Strategic Education Plan but says he won't raise taxes in implementing the most important part of the plan -- competency-based education in which children move along individual learning paths and advancement is based on what they learn, not how long they sit in a classroom.
He promises to reform Utah's public and higher education systems, to train Utahns for better jobs -- "jobs that you can support a family on."
Leavitt was born and raised in Cedar City, graduating from Southern Utah State College. He moved to Salt Lake City as he expanded his family's insurance business -- The Leavitt Group.
Besides his insurance career, Leavitt managed most of the biggest GOP political campaigns of the 1980s, including the re-elections of U.S. Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch. Leavitt led the fight to defeat the 1988 tax-reduction initiatives.
STEVE DENSLEY, a well-known businessman actively involved in Republican affairs, gave up his candidacy for Utah's 3rd Congressional District earlier this year by Eyre as his running mate last June.
Densley, who was raised in Blanding and later graduated from Jordan High School in Sandy, attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship. He graduated in 1970 with a degree in sociology.
Among other achievements, Densley was vice president of Utah Valley Home Builders Association, is president of the Provo/Orem chamber of commerce and has served on the Utah State Board of Health.
OLENE WALKER has arguably one of the finest resumes in state government: a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Utah, a master's degree in political science from Stanford University, experience as former director of the state Division of Community Development, vice president of Country Crisp Foods, member of the United Way board of directors and as a state legislator for eight years, among other things.
Now she wants to add the title of lieutenant governor to the list. "I am convinced I can do more for Utah in this position than as a freshman congresswoman," the one-time congressional candidate said. She dropped out of that race in June when Leavitt selected her as his running mate.
Walker has been campaigning primarily on the issues of "quality jobs and quality education."
STEWART HANSON, 53, is a former judge seeking his first political office, as a Democrat for governor.
Hanson says Utah's government has become a closed system. He wants to open up the process, getting more citizen involvement.
He says he and Democratic opponent Pat Shea have one big difference: their stands on abortion. Hanson is pro-choice, saying while he personally disapproves of abortion, he believes government should leave the decision to women.
Hanson says that while he doesn't favor a tax increase for public education, he is willing to consider such a step if necessary. However, Hanson says he first wants to reform and revamp Utah's tax system, increasing the income-tax brackets, which haven't been adjusted for inflation since the mid-1970s.
Hanson was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He attended Westminster College and the University of Utah Law School. When appointed to the bench at age 35, he was the youngest judge ever to serve in the state.
Since leaving the bench in the late 1970s, Hanson has been a partner in the law firm of Suitter, Axland, Armstrong and Hanson.
PAT SHEA, Democratic candidate for governor, says his past eight years of GOP leadership in Utah have led to petty, partisan politics and a stagnant state government.
Shea, 44, is an attorney making his first bid at elective office.
Shea said he supported Utah's anti-abortion law but says enough money has been wasted defending uncinstitutional laws and the money should now go for education. He believes the recent huge state surpluses were "wasted" on pet projects when they could have improved Utah's education crisis.
He promises to use the governor's office as a bully pulpit to drive home his ideas on education reform, economic development and a renewed spirit in government.
Shea was born and raised in Utah. He attended Stanford University, where he was student body president. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford and graduated from Harvard Law School. He worked as a congressional staffer before returning to Utah to practice law. While campaigning, he's on leave as general counsel for KUTV Channel 2.
PAULA JULANDER, a state legislator from Salt Lake City for the past four years, has gained a reputation as an advocate for Utah's poor as well as a supporter of health care, higher education and women's issues. How she wants to take those fights with her to the lieutenant governor's office.
Julander was tabbed by Hanson as his running mate.
Julander, a registered nurse, is an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University's College of Nursing, and before her election to the state House in 1988, she was a legislative representative for the Utah Nurses Association.
Passage of one of her bills will result in earlier detection of breast cancer in thousands of Utah women.
BOBBIE B. CORAY, former director of economic development for Cache County, has long been considered one of the Utah Democratic Party's brightest rising stars. And as a candidate for lieutenant governor running with Shea, she now has the chance to spread her message about education and economic development.
"I want to change the question from how much money do we throw at education to how far are we from excellence and how do we get there."
Coray, 45, is a graduate of the University of Utah and for seven years owned a residential design firm. In 1985, she was named to the Cache County post and helped create more than 6,000 jobs.
She believes the state should focus its economic development efforts on attracting small-and-medium-size companies, and on creating a better business partnership with the state's research universities.
U.S. CONGRESS, 2ND DISTRICT - REPUBLICAN
JIM BARTLESON, 57, was a dark-horse winner at the state Republican convention in June, edging preconvention favorite H. Craig Moody for the second spot on the primary ballot for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Bartleson, president of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, has gained a national reputation for his seminars on the Founding Fathers, the U.S. Constitution and democracy.
Bartleson has campaigned on the need to return to constitutional principles and cites his contacts in Washington and his knowledge of how Congress works as why he is the better candidate.
Like primary opponent Enid Greene, Bartleson has focused much of his campaign on a balanced federal budget and the nation's economy. The answer, he says, lies in stimulating economic activity by supporting growth, not burdening it; by rewarding investment, not taxing it; and by promoting savings, not penalizing it.
Bartleson was born and raised in northern Idaho and later studied at Brigham Young University. He was a rancher before becoming a lecturer.
ENID GREENE, 33, is a former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Norm Bangerter and president of the National Young Republicans who is making her first bid for public office.
Greene has focused her GOP primary campaign in the 2nd Congressional District on "solutions" to the country's economic ills including budget cuts totaling $58 billion to help balance the federal budget and defense cuts of $200 billion over six years.
A conservative Republican, Greene acknowledges there are not a lot of philosophical differences between her and herRepublican opponent, Jim Bartleson. But, she says, she is the only congressional candidate to offer specific solutions.
Greene supports spending more money on programs to help people become self-sufficient, including Head Start and job training. She opposes funding for arts and scientific exploration until the federal budget is balanced.
Greene spent her early childhood is San Francisco but moved to Salt Lake City at age 12. She graduated from East High School, the University of Utah and the law school at Brigham Young University.