Democrat Jenny Wilson to challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2018

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

FILE – Jenny Wilson, with her son Zach, talks to Democrats gathered Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson announced Monday that she will challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in 2018.

Wilson, a Democrat, said in a news release she has been “overwhelmed” by encouragement from Utahns who want change in Washington.

“They are tired of the bickering and recognize the bipartisan successes I have had working locally,” she said.

Wilson launched an exploratory committee earlier this year and has raised $139,328, according to her campaign. She will hold a formal campaign kickoff event in late August.

“Utahns want a senator who works for them, who listens to them and who gets things done. But after 40 years of Orrin Hatch, Washington is broken. Orrin Hatch is a decent man, but he’s part of the problem in Washington, and he has forgotten who sent him there,” she said.

Hatch, 83, has indicated he will run for an eighth term, barring some unforeseen circumstance. The seven-term senator raised about $1.3 million in the first three months of this year for a possible re-election bid.

The president pro tem of the Senate, Hatch pledged in 2012 that his current term would be his last but changed his mind last year.

The amount raised from January through March is more than he collected in all of 2016. The senator ended March with $3.5 million overall in his campaign account.

Wilson, the daughter of former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson, has worked at various levels…

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