Republican Joe Maloy has won a special election for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He defeated Democrat Kael Weston by a large margin of 17 points to fill the seat left vacant by former Representative Chris Stewart’s retirement.
The race was called early on by election officials with Maloy garnering an overwhelming majority of the vote-over 62 percent. Nationally, this is yet another win for Republicans who have held onto the district since the mid-1980s and further strengthens their control of the House of Representatives.
Maloy, an Iraq War veteran, spoke of his win with elation. “I want to thank all of the wonderful and hardworking people of Utah’s Second Congressional District for their confidence in me. I pledge to represent all the citizens of the district in a fair and equitable manner.”
Prior to running for office, Maloy served a number of roles in his local community including helping to start a youth group to mentor and help disadvantaged youth, being a deacon at his local church, and working with local businesses to spur economic development.
He is expected to take office in a matter of days, with his policies in line with the greater Republican Party—supporting fiscal accountability and a policy of reducing taxes. He also expressed support for veterans, a large percentage of the 2nd District’s population.
Maloy’s win further strengthens the Republican majority in the House and will likely provide a boost of morale to the party. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Denny Heck commented on the odds they face in regaining a majority, but also called on his party to fight harder and smarter.
This win marks a seemingly expected, but nevertheless welcomed, victory for the Republican Party and Joe Maloy. Maloy is sure to use his knowledge of his home district to support his constituents and do what he feels is most beneficial for not only the 2nd Congressional District, but the nation as a whole.