Utah County Democrats nominated Helen Weeks, Orem, to be their candidate for the Utah House District 60 seat during the county party nominating convention Saturday.
Weeks, who lost to Rep. Pat Nix, R-Orem, in a 1986 bid for the same seat, received 72 percent of the votes from District 60 delegates to avoid a primary contest with Glen R. Zimmerman, former Orem city councilman.District 60 was the only Utah County legislative district in which two Democrats filed to run.
In other convention business, Gene Faux of Springville withdrew from the race for the 2-year Utah County Commission seat, and in the name of party unity threw his support to Glen Hawkins, Benjamin.
"Our common goal must be to put a Democrat on the County Commission," Faux said in a speech that drew a standing ovation from delegates. Demos have not held a commission seat for 15 years.
Bob Stringham, a candidate for the 3rd District congressional seat held by Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, told the convention he has sold his interest in a Provo consulting firm to devote all his time to the campaign.
Stringham still faces an intra-party fight for the Democratic nomination with Craig Oliver, Taylorsville. That race will be decided at the Democratic state convention in June, or in the September primary.
Delegates overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution opposing the current tax rollback initiative, calling the measure destructive to public education.