Elections office says Celeste Maloy is a lawful candidate

Jun 30, 2023, 8:45 PM | Updated: 9:49 pm

Utah Congressional 2nd District candidate Celeste Maloy, center, 
won the Utah GOP nomination in th...

Utah Congressional 2nd District candidate Celeste Maloy, center, won the Utah GOP nomination in the race for the 2nd Congressional District during the Utah Republican Convention on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Delta High School. Photo credit: Lindsay Aerts/KSL NewsRadio.

SALT LAKE CITY — The official word is in: The state elections office says Celeste Maloy is the candidate the Utah GOP can put on the ballot — legally and all.

Maloy was nominated by Utah’s Republican Party in the race to replace Rep, Chris Stewart, R-Utah. Questions quickly arose about Maloy’s voter record, and if she even was a registered voter in the state of Utah.

“Celeste Maloy has met every lawful requirement and constitutional qualification,” wrote Lt. Gov Deidre Henderson, the state’s top election official, on Twitter. “She properly filed to be a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives on June 12, 2023, and is, in the opinion of this Office, eligible to be a Republican candidate for Congress.”

Celeste Maloy isn’t the GOP candidate yet

The GOP still hasn’t, at time of publishing, submitted Maloy’s name to the state elections office yet. 

The Utah Republican Party has to submit her name by Wed., July 5. Every other nominee for the office, regardless of party, also has to have their name submitted by that date and time as well.

Some people still have doubt over Maloy’s affiliation status, but documents obtained by KSL NewsRadio showed Maloy’s was a Republican when she filed for candidacy.

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Elections office says Celeste Maloy is a lawful candidate