Michael J. Cragun, 32, has announced his candidacy to challenge incumbent Carol R. Page as the Republican nominee for Davis County Commission seat B.

Davis County Republicans will select delegates at their precinct caucuses March 24 at the Davis County Fair Park Legacy Center.Why does a loyal Republican challenge an incumbent Republican?

"My opponent has faced no significant challenge since her 1993 appointment," Cragun said. "I am running so that Davis County voters will have a choice."

He said Utah voters usually only have a choice at the county convention or primary level. He wants them to have a choice at the caucus level, too.

Cragun also said since county commissioners are elected at large, they usually represent diverse areas of the county. Page is the incumbent commissioner who lives closest to him.

He believes his legal training, policy-making, public service and administrative experience qualify him for the County Commission.

"I understand the making, interpretation and application of laws," he said.

Cragun managed Jim Barlow's successful election campaign for the Clearfield City Council last fall.

He's a licensed attorney with a law degree from Lewis & Clark College and has a political science degree from Brigham Young University. He's employed as the paralegal department chairman at Mountain West College in Salt Lake City.

Cragun lives in Clearfield.

He's also a Utah State Bar member and worked as an intern for former Sen. Jake Garn. He has served as a county delegate, state delegate and precinct chairman. He also campaigned to fill the Davis County recorder vacancy last spring.