Former state lawmaker Becky Edwards launched her campaign to challenge Sen. Mike Lee for the U.S. Senate seat next year.

“I don’t take the prospect of running against a fellow Republican lightly. But I don’t take the challenges facing Utah families lightly either,” Edwards said in an interview with FOX 13 ahead of her campaign announcement. “Utahns want to see a leader who is less focused on picking partisan fights and more committed to actually offering solutions to the challenges they’re facing as families and businesses.”

Edwards, a therapist who served in the Utah State Legislature representing a part of Davis County from 2008 until she retired in 2018, is the first candidate to formally declare that she will seek to challenge Sen. Lee in the 2022 election.

In the legislature, Edwards had a reputation as a moderate Republican who would often work in a bipartisan fashion. She said she would take that same approach to the U.S. Senate.

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