Filipino American candidate Sean Reyes seeks re-election as Utah attorney general

SALT LAKE CITY — Filipino American Sean Reyes is competing for another term as Utah attorney general in the state’s Republican primary election Tuesday.

 “I’ve got more to give,” he said. “I want to build on the successes that my team and I created here in the state of Utah, and I want to finish the job that I started.”

Reyes, who’s served as the Beehive State’s attorney general for the past seven years, faces Utah County Attorney David Leavitt in a tight race.

 “What qualifies me to run is that I have seen the criminal justice system from every angle,” Leavitt said, “as a prosecutor, as a defense attorney, and also as a reformer in the countries of the former Soviet Union.”

A recent poll of 500 likely voters by The Salt Lake Tribune shows Reyes holding a slight lead over Leavitt with 31% support to 26% — with 43% undecided.

For Agnes Higley, a longtime Reyes supporter, the attorney general deserves to retain his position as the state’s top prosecutor.

 “I voted for Sean Reyes because of his amazing dedication and fortitude in serving the community,” she said. “He is a leader who is always advocating for the good of the people and paved the way to empower minorities into leadership.”

Because of the magnitude of this year’s election, Carl Navales recently changed from unaffiliated to Republican and decided to cast his ballot for Leavitt.

 “Both of them are a very good candidate for Utah attorney general,” he said. “But the only thing that is not setting on me is Attorney General Sean Reyes right now, who’s a full supporter of Trump, and I’m not agreeing with that aspect.”

The candidate who wins today will compete in the general election on Nov. 3.

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