Libertarian J. Robert Latham seeks to unseat the ‘incumbent party duopoly’ from Utah’s 2nd District
From the St. George News on October 13, 2020:
J. Robert Latham, the Libertarian Party candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, recently spoke with St. George News to discuss various issues, including the proposed Northern Corridor and stimulus packages in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Latham is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Stewart and Democratic challenger Kael Weston. He previously represented the Libertarian Party as the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Ken Larsen in 2012.
A Utah native, Latham graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He has lived in St. George for the past 11 years and previously resided in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, all of which fall within the boundaries of the 2nd Congressional District. As an attorney, he represents respondents to state petitions, primarily in criminal cases and parental dissents.
While a law student in the summer of 1993, Latham worked in the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch during the nomination and confirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court.
“I have done advocacy work on behalf of organizations and know my way around legislative committees and helping get laws changed and improved,” he said.
It was Latham’s experiences on Capitol Hill and work in corporate public relations that inspired a shift away from major party politics to embrace libertarianism.
“I started realizing how corporations manipulate the system and use it to their advantage, and the disadvantage of consumers,” he said. “That’s what really disillusioned me with the incumbent parties. I began to realize that the Libertarian Party was a holistic, moral and ethical way of looking at how to solve problems in our world.”
See Latham’s answers to St. George News’ questions below:
Why do you think you’re the right candidate for the job and what issues are most pressing to you?
Latham said his candidacy offers an alternative to what he views as the “incumbent party duopoly” that has marginalized the voices of minority voters who don’t align with either the
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