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Park City Businessman Eyes First Congressional District

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A retired businessman and former teacher from Park City has announced he will be making a bid for  Congress.  

With Congressman Rob Bishop retiring after this term, Howard Wallack, a Park City Republican, joins a crowded field of candidates looking to seize the opportunity in the first congressional district. Wallack calls himself a political outsider who can make a real difference helping to cure the toxic political climate in our country.

Wallack has never held political office. He ran for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2012 because an early map of the district showed Park City within those boundaries. While the boundaries were later changed, keeping Park City in the first district, he stayed in the race.

Since then he says he’s been travelling the world with his wife and having a good time but at 72, he says, he’s ready to serve.

"And my wife and I were discussing life a little bit and I said to her that I didn’t want to be on my deathbed and know that I could have made a difference and all I did was party,” he explained. “And so we’ve decided that  I’m going to attempt to run again to make a difference.”

And he thinks, he can a difference.

"think I can make a difference because of my business back  ground because of I believe in getting solutiions,” he said.. “I believe in terms limits. I believe in simple soluttions to problems and I believe in problem solving. I don’t care if I get reelected or not, I care about making a difference.”

Wallack added the discourse America today is terrible and he thinks as a successful businessman, he’s shown he’s a good negotiator.

“We need to have people who want to make things better and aren’t afraid to work across the aisle,” he said. “I think we need to get out of this partisan track that we’re on and we have to be able to work to get things done for the American people.”

In a prepared statement, he said his focus will be on results, defending the Bill of Rights and securing the border. In addition, he wants to fix the immigration process and put an end to deficit spending.  

Wallack started his career as a public school teacher and eventually took over a transportation company where he had worked, later selling it.

Wallack has been a full time resident of Park City since 1998 – He bought his first house here back in 1985.