Two incumbent Democrats and one incumbent Republican have announced their bids for re-election to the Utah House. Meanwhile, a longtime GOP activist will seek election to a vacated House seat, and a San Juan County commissioner will seek a Senate seat.
Rep. Hugh D. Rush, D-West Valley, is seeking re-election in House District 51, which includes parts of Taylorsville and West Valley City."I will not run down the state of Utah," he said. "If we give the impression to others that we are not proud of this state, new industry will see us as unsuitable."
Rush does not apologize for voting for tax increases, calling them the only alternative to chaos for education, the poor, the elderly and the handicapped. "Only an improved economy can sustain services at the present level," he said, emphasizing that more and better-paying jobs must be brought to Utah.
Rep. Jay R. Fawson, D-Salt Lake, is seeking re-election to House District 29, a seat formerly held by fellow Democrat Sam Taylor. Taylor has announced his intentions to recapture the seat from Fawson.
Fawson, a retired history teacher, said his campaign will focus on the importance of tax reform, among other things.
"I will continue to work for tax reform, prevention of water pollution, education reform, local option and measures that will ease commuter traffic problems," he said.
District 29 runs from about Seventh East to the Jordan River and from 21st South to 39th South.
Ronald J. Ockey has announced his candidacy for House District 33, a seat held by Rep. Frank Johnson, R-Salt Lake. Johnson is not seeking re-election.
Ockey, a 14-year resident of the district, has been active in the Republican Party for many years, serving as a GOP delegate to state and county conventions.
"I feel I can help make a positive difference in the growth and prosperity of the state by serving in the Legislature," he said.
"I am convinced the Legislature's top priority must be on creating more favorable climates for business and economic development, and broadening our tax base," he said.
The state must stimulate its economy and eliminate waste to enjoy the prosperity other regions are experiencing, he said. "Increasing taxes or cutting back worthwhile programs are clearly not the answers."
District 33 includes much of the Millcreek area and the East Bench east of Wasatch Boulevard from the Salt Lake City limits to 62nd South.
Rep. Walt Bain, R-Farmington, has announced his bid for re-election to the House District 17 seat he won in 1986.
Bain cites his legislative and municipal government experience as qualifications for re-election. Those experiences "toughened me for the variety of decisions that have to be made in our state government," he said.
"Our state's economic recovery won't happen unless we broaden our economic base. Cutting back worthy programs or raising taxes isn't the answer. The key to creating much-needed jobs is revitalization and expansion of Utah's business and industrial base."
Bain, a pharmacist, is active in local and civic affairs. He is president of the Farmington/Centerville American Cancer Society and a member of the board of the Davis County Council on Aging.
District 17 includes Centerville, Farmington, Kaysville and Fruit Heights.
San Juan County Commissioner Calvin Black has announced his bid to unseat incumbent state Sen. Omar Bunnell.
Black, a Republican, formerly served in the Utah House and as Blanding City mayor, and is in his 20th year as a county commissioner. He owns many San Juan County businesses.
Black said his lifelong background as a businessman "who is providing employment, meeting a payroll and paying taxes," as well as his 25 years in public service, qualify him for Senate District 27.
Black is a board member of the National Association of Counties, and is a member of the National Bureau of Land Management Advisory Council, the Moab District BLM Advisory Council and State Land Board.
The District 27 Senate seat includes Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties.