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United Utah Party candidate aims to bring civil voice to 4th Congressional District

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SALT LAKE CITY — Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams has another challenger in Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

But Jonia Broderick won’t be coming at him from the left or the right.

Disillusioned with the divisiveness and rancor in politics, she found in 2016 that she couldn’t vote for either of the major political party presidential candidates for the first time. In 2017, she and her daughter attended a United Utah Party rally at the state Capitol and decided to join.

“I believe that now is the time for new voices not aligned with either major political party to step forward and stand for principles and civility in our pubic square,” Broderick said in a video announcing her candidacy.

It seems that some people care more about political parties than principles and more about team victory than moral victory, she said.

Principles, facts, truth, the Constitution, but most importantly, people matter, she said. The United Utah Party, Broderick said, provides a “moderating influence in these tumultuous times.”

Broderick said last month that if she were in office, she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump on both the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges.

“When blatant abuse of power is wielded by the president of the United States, those in the position to speak up need to do so. It is their solemn responsibility,” she said.

Broderick lists investing in the future, fair treatment for all and a functioning government among her priorities.

A graduate in history from Columbia College, Broderick has worked in public relations and publishing as well as a school music and choral teacher. She has written a children’s book and started her own small business.

Republicans looking to take on McAdams include former Utah GOP communications adviser Kathleen Anderson, nurse practitioner Chris Biesinger, state Rep. Kim Coleman, former KSL Newsradio host Jay Mcfarland and former NFL player Burgess Owens. Democrats include Daniel Beckstrand and Jonathan Lopez.