Eric Eliason announces his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District, currently held by Rob Bishop.
United Utah candidate seeks to provide Northern Utah and the Uintah Basin with a new voice that resonates with the majority of Utahns.
Location, Date & Time:
Salt Lake City, State Capitol Steps, February 13, 2018 at 11:45AM
Eric Eliason, of Logan, announced his candidacy today for Utah First Congressional Seat on the steps of the Utah Capitol.
Eliason, with the new United Utah Party, has lived in the Cache and Davis counties for 16 years where he is currently an adjunct professor with the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. With a business and finance background, Eliason views his campaign as a way to bring a new voice to Congress.
“We live in an amazing state and so many people want their voices heard by their elected officials, yet the system as it exists is laden with partisan politics,” said Eliason, who is 45. “I’ve applauded the efforts of Gail Miller and others for their work to open up the election process. In declaring my campaign with the United Utah party, I am hoping to make a similar step forward in providing Utah more choice and where people’s voices are heard and understood.”
This father of four, who is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Pennsylvania, sees himself as an idealist and optimist; those qualities are reflected in his stance on current issues.
“I see nothing wrong in being optimistic about our country and our state. My vision of Congress would be a Congress of no aisle division but a plurality of representatives and ideas working to move this country forward and a Utah where the public re-engages with the process,” said Eliason.
“I believe that people want to engage in government but they see a government they don't like and don't trust. Every day we should be fighting for campaign finance reform and term limits. Those are the most important things we can do right now to restore our trust in Congress."
In terms of military, Eliason is grateful to have Hill Air Force Base as part of the district. He sees the base as strategic both in its mission and the quality is civilian and military personnel and believes in sustaining and promoting the level of support the base deserves.
Eliason, an avid outdoorsman, knows and appreciates the beauty of Utah’s landscape. “This state has a unique, world-class landscape. I represent an alternative path forward on Public Lands where more voices are heard including those people whose spirits are moved by the solitude of our canyons and the beauty of our vistas," said Eliason.
Eliason has served in roles as president and COO of several successful businesses in Davis and Cache counties. He understands first-hand the importance of education for the success not only for young people but for the state and the country. Currently serving on the Logan Schools Foundation and having served on the board of the Mali Rising Foundation, Eliason believes education should “create opportunities for our children to grow and become engaged citizens of our communities. Creating those opportunities is a personal passion of mine.”
Eliason is helping make those opportunities come alive as he is a partner in jNivin which invests and mentors young companies.
Additional information about Eliason can be found at eliasonforcongress.com. Eliason will be hosting local meetings and open houses within the upcoming weeks.