- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2020

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is running for Congress, joining the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.

Darren Parry announced Thursday he will run as a Democrat, saying on the northern Utah radio station KVNU he considers himself an advocate for his people and those of other traditions, the Herald Journal newspaper reported.

Parry has recently published a book, “The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History.” He has also taught a course about American Indian history at Utah State University and advocated for new interpretive center for the Shoshone near the Bear River Massacre site. That project is expected to begin construction in July.

Republicans already in the race for the heavily GOP district include Kerry Gibson. the former head of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt and Morgan County Councilwoman Tina Cannon.

Bishop had pledged not to run for a ninth term in northern Utah’s 1st Congressional District because he wouldn’t have been able to continue as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee beyond 2020 under congressional term limits.

He is now a lieutenant governor candidate, sharing the ticket with ex-GOP chair Thomas Wright.

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