Mr. Herrod won a special election and appointment process for the state House in 2007, ironically over Mr. Curtis, when an incumbent vacated mid-term to accept a state appointment. He would then challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch in the 2012 nominating convention, losing badly. He attempted a comeback against a Republican state Senator in 2016, but lost that campaign, as well. Mr. Ainge is the son of Boston Celtics general manager and former Brigham Young University basketball star Danny Ainge. Both he and Mr. Curtis were successful in obtaining 7,000 valid 3rd District registered Republican signatures to qualify for the special primary ballot, thus by-passing the party endorsement event.