Capitol Correspondence - 02.20.18

Mitt Romney to Run for U.S. Senate Seat in Utah

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Following the announced retirement of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mitt Romney announced last week that he will run for that seat in this year’s election.

According to Politico: “A statement emailed to reporters Friday morning by Romney’s campaign said the former Massachusetts governor plans to visit all of Utah’s 29 counties over the coming months and highlighted his experience heading the organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Among his Massachusetts gubernatorial achievements, the statement listed Romney’s role in developing “a health insurance program that covered all citizens,” a program that served as a blueprint for Obamacare.” Read the full article here.

Given Congress’ repeated attempts to impose block grants or per capita caps on the Medicaid program in 2017, ANCOR encourages members to keep track of Congressional candidate events in their states, such as the ones described above with candidate Romney. We encourage members to attend such events in order to raise candidates’ awareness of IDD issues. While many candidates have not filed for election yet, ANCOR members will find visiting their Secretary of State’s website or their Board of Elections website (depending on the state) useful for finding out which candidates have announced they will run for federal positions this year. These candidates will likely announce upcoming events on their websites.