In Davis County, only three state House seats will be on next Tuesday's primary election ballot - all of the races Republican.
Two GOP incumbents face intraparty challenges, and voters in District 19 will choose a new GOP candidate for that open House seat.
District 19 (R)
Rep. Kim Burningham, R-Bountiful, is not running for the House seat he has held for 15 years. Sheryl Allen and Quinn Gardner are hoping to keep the seat, which represents northern and central Bountiful, in GOP hands.
- Sheryl Allen, 50, is the public relations and foundation director for the Davis Applied Technology Center. She sat on the Davis School Board for 12 years, serving as president for six years. Allen, 620 Larsen Drive, is a member of the governor's strategic planning committee for higher education.
She advocates sticking to the state's strategic plan for public education. "It involved a lot of work, and the Legislature needs to pay attention to it. There are still areas that have not been implemented," she said. Allen also believes the state should equalize spending for school buildings among wealthy and poor counties, like Davis.
Despite her extensive involvement in education, Allen is quick to point out that she is not a one-issue candidate. Her top concern for Davis County is transportation. She said the state must develop alternative routes between Salt Lake and Davis counties to clear up the bottleneck on overburdened I-15.
All sources of funding should be examined, but a gasoline-tax increase would be a last resort. "I wouldn't close the door on it," she said. "Everything needs to be considered, because this will only get worse."
A board member of Lakeview Hospital, Allen said she supports Gov. Mike Leavitt's "Health Print" health-care reform plan. "I would like Utah to have an effective plan that supersedes a federal plan, because I think we can do better."
- Quinn Gardner, 53, is a management consultant specializing in corporate strategy development and a former managing director of the LDS Church's Welfare Services.
His bid for state representative is his first foray into politics. Health-care reform lured Gardner into running for office. He wants to use his strategic planning expertise to "flesh out" Leavitt's health-care reform package and coordinate the state's other long-range plans for education, health care and welfare.
Reform must provide incentives for people to stay healthy and prevent health problems, Gardner said. Coverage must be provided in a market-based system and be "portable," so someone isn't prevented from changing jobs because of a family member's pre-existing health problem.
Gardner, 1030 Woodmoor Drive, characterized education as an investment, not an expense, which justified his position that the state should step up its capital spending on schools to equalize spending among rich and poor counties.
He supports the state's strategic public education plan. More authority and higher pay should be given to teachers and administrators, he said, so that decisions can be made on a local level and education will attract the best.
Like his opponent, Gardner wants an alternative transportation route linking Davis and Salt Lake counties.
- District 19 includes most of Bountiful north of 1800 South and Mueller Park Road, except a small corner of northwest Bountiful near 1400 North and 200 West.
Other candidates on the ballot in November will be Democrat D. Michael Bingham, Independent Travis J. Garrett and Libertarian Douglas R. Roach.
District 14 (R)
The district comprises Clearfield and a small portion of northwest Layton.
- Don E. Bush, 138 S. Locust St., Clearfield, has served two terms in the House. The 70-year-old retired general contractor also serves on Clearfield's Board of Appeals and the Davis County Council on Aging.
Gangs and crime are among the big issues of concern to Bush. "We need to have tougher penalties for gangs and stick with them and not let them get back on the streets as quick as they do," he said.
He supports Gov. Mike Leavitt's proposal for "boot camp" juvenile facilities, where youth offenders can be put to work cleaning up their damage and learn responsibility and discipline.
But gun control is not an option, "period," Bush said. He stressed more community and church support can help government solve the youth crime problems.
As vice chairman of the Legislature's Transportation and Public Safety committee, he supports a west Davis County highway as an alternative to I-15. But raising taxes won't pay for it. Bush sponsored this year's sales tax cut and he said there is room for more tax reduction if the economy keeps growing.
"Putting money into programs isn't necessarily the answer to our problems," he said.
Health-care reform, local control over education and fighting federal intrusion also rank among the top issues for Bush. "But this isn't a one-issue campaign for sure," he said. "I always make it known that I am not tied to any special-interest groups."
- Betsy Thurgood, 42, 1431 S. 1000 West, Clearfield, is a kindergarten teacher at West Point Elementary and serves on the governor's state education advisory committee.
Equalizing school building funds among counties throughout the state is "one of our greatest concerns," she said. "We don't need to add to the tax base but distribute the funds equitably" between rich and poor school districts.
She also supports ongoing efforts to reduce class sizes and advocates a longer - 200-day - school year.
Despite her education background and affiliation with the Utah Education Association, Thurgood said she is not a "rubber stamp" or single-issue candidate. She said she will focus on senior citizen issues as well as education, public safety and other concerns.
The primary issue facing Utah's senior citizens is meeting the needs of the fastest-growing sectors of society, Thurgood said. "We need to provide strong leadership at the state level to look ahead for this group and be prepared to make changes to accommodate this group," she said.
Health-care reform should consider the impact on the elderly, she said.
In the area of public safety, Thurgood said she supports tougher enforcement of criminal statutes and forcing juveniles to "take care of the damage they have caused."
Like most Republicans, she opposes gun control but favors educational efforts to promote gun safety.
- District 14's boundaries generally follow Clearfield city limits, plus a section of northwest Layton, north of Gordon Avenue, west of State Street, Reid Drive and Layton Drive, and east of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad tracks.
The winner of the Bush-Thurgood race will face Democrat James R. Judd and Libertarian Edward A. Gemar in November.
District 20 (R)
Rep. Nancy Lyon, R-Bountiful, is challenged this year by fellow Republican Charles E. (Ted) Bradford, a former juvenile court judge, in Davis County's southernmost legislative district.
- Nancy Lyon, 43, 2853 Oakwood Dr., is finishing her third two-year term in the House. She is executive director of the Davis School District Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that raises money to help a variety of programs in the district.
Lyon says Bradford "is an Eagle Forum candidate, on the (Republican) party's right wing. I try for a mainstream, balanced approached to government, both in taxes and on the issues. Those who know, know that it's the reasonable, balanced (lawmakers) who have the most success, not those with an extreme agenda."
"I'm also pushing competency" in the campaign, says Lyon. "I have it, while my opponent (Bradford) was removed from his job as a juvenile court judge, one of only a few to be so removed." Court officials say Bradford was not re-nominated for his judgeship by former Gov. Scott M. Matheson in the mid-1970s. In those days, juvenile court judges were automatically up for re-appointment at the end of their six-year terms. Bradford said Matheson appointed his Weber County campaign chairman to Bradford's old judgeship, in part as political repayment.
Asked to name her greatest success in six years, Lyon points with pride to a bill that forced coordination of services for at-risk youth. "Most gang members are adults, but to stop juveniles (getting into gangs) there's only one proven method - early intervention. And that's what coordinating the at-risk programs does. DARE, midnight basketball, building more prison cells for youthful offenders - all those good things are simply management. They aren't solutions. We have to intercede with these kids early and turn them away" from gangs and crime.
- Charles E. Bradford, 68, 2486 S. 450 East, Bountiful, said he's challenging Lyon for several reasons. He says after watching Lyon's legislative performance for several years he's convinced there are some valuable changes she just won't support.
"When you have a group of people out raising money for a candidate - pooling the money - and then giving it; well, we need some changes. We need to open the Rules Committee, we need complete disclosure of lobbyists' gifts and favors to legislators. We need open government."
Bradford says he's not a member of Eagle Forum but does consider himself a better representative of "mainstream conservative" thought in Davis County than Lyon. "I'm sorry she is saying that I was removed from my judgeship. That's not what happened. I know she's trying to paint me as a member of the radical right wing. That's not accurate."
Bradford, who says he is semi-retired from his law practice, said he decided to run now because the juvenile justice system "is a mess" and he doesn't see other respected former juvenile judges trying to get into the Legislature to help fix it. "The Legislature has emasculated the juvenile system. Much of the authority of the judges has been taken away. It's not an effective system at a time when we need it most."
Good-hearted people have decided that state government can do many laudable things, says Bradford. But there are so many areas where government just doesn't belong. "Basically, government should keep the peace, enforce the (criminal) law. Some people say society is so complex these days that we need a lot of government. But I think government has got too complex, harming society."
- District 20 roughly covers south Bountiful, south of 1800 South and Mueller Park Road; Val Verda; and North Salt Lake.
Three other parties also will be represented by candidates on the November ballot: W. Clay Swank, Democrat; Gary A. Root, Libertarian; and Herbert N. Henderson, American.
During the 10 days preceding the primary election June 28, the Deseret News is publishing a series of articles on candidates and the issues they are discussing.
See Page B4 for information on Davis County clerk-auditor candidates.
In coming days you'll see the following stories:
Wednesday: State Senate
Thursday: Davis sheriff