PROVO — The eighth Democrat in Utah County, Provo attorney Claralyn M. Hill, announced her candidacy for a state House seat at noon Tuesday.

Hill, 59, is married to Ned C. Hill, dean of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

"I am really proud to be from Utah County. I love our county. I love the people who live and work here," Hill said in her speech to about 75 people in a conference room at the Provo City Library at Academy Square.

Claralyn Hill is running for House District 62. Currently Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, who was appointed to replace Jeff Alexander, is filling the seat.

"We deserve to have the best representation that reflects the intelligence and goodness of the people here," Hill said.

"I am asking for your vote because I am more qualified and knowledgeable than the incumbent. I am more in touch with my community than the incumbent. I am more free of vested interest and closer to your values than the incumbent. I am less partisan and more moderate than the incumbent," she said.

"I promise you that if you elect me I will work hard and be effective," Hill said.

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