At a Thursday night meeting in Weber County, Democratic Central Committee members selected three nominees to fill the legislative seat vacated last week by Rep. Dionne Halverson, D-Ogden.
Halverson resigned last Friday after legislators had voted to censure her a week earlier for her misdemeanor conviction on a shoplifting charge.Committee members recommended Pat Larson, Nikki Lovell and J. Farrell Shepherd - all from Ogden - as replacements for Halverson.
"The governor is anxious to get this taken care of. They need representation in that area," said Francine Giani, Bangerter's press secretary. She said the appointment would occur Monday at the latest.
Lovell is Utah State coordinator of the Southwest Regional Center for Drug-free Schools and Community.
In 1980, she was appointed to represent the lay citizenry on the board of the Utah Community Education Association. She serves as chairwoman of the Substance Abuse Coordinating Council.
Shepherd served as mayor of South Ogden City from 1974 to 1984 and was most recently employed as director of union and student activities at Weber State College. He retired in 1982. He also served as a South Ogden city councilman from 1966-74.
Larson is a social worker and treatment counselor for the Youth Corrections Ogden Observation and Assessment Center. She has been involved in Democratic Party politics for 20 years.