Politics

Parkite Caroline Gleich declares candidacy for U.S. Senate

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Professional ski mountaineer and climate activist Caroline Gleich has officially filed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mitt Romney.

Running as a Democrat, Gleich’s announcement was in response to Sen. Romney’s call for “a new generation of leaders” to become involved in politics.

Gleich’s campaign will center on her passion for the environment, commitment to improving the world around her and dedication to overcoming challenges faced in Utah and the country.

“As I start this climb towards the U.S. Senate, I carry with me the lessons learned from reaching mountain peaks and navigating life’s terrain. My commitment is unwavering—to empower, to protect, and to advocate for a brighter future,” Gleich said.

“I’ve been an underdog my whole life with skeptics questioning my height, strength, and bravery for scaling the world’s tallest mountains. Yet, I’ve summited Everest and Cho Oyu. I’ve broken records and defied limits. Running for the United States Senate to represent the people of Utah is undoubtedly an uphill climb, but I’m no stranger to overcoming challenges.”

Gleich will join Archie Williams III in the Democratic primary field for the open Senate seat, while the Republican candidates are headlined by Congressmen John Curtis and former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Brad Wilson.

A Minnesota native, Gleich moved to Utah in 2001 and lived in Salt Lake City for 17 years before moving to Park City.

Gleich, who has never held public office, has a vision for Utah that relates to a commitment to positive change with a focus on advocating for people and the planet, social and environmental justice and elevating critical issues such as air quality, gender equity and climate action.

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