Larry Lunt, a former state GOP chairman, will seek election to the Utah House to represent District 34.
That seat is currently held by freshman Republican Ralph Tate Jr. But Tate said Friday that family and business concerns prevent him from seeking re-election.Lunt is the only Republican so far to file for Tate's seat. The filing deadline is April 15.
District 34 is in the heart of the Holladay area of southeastern Salt Lake County. It includes the area between 39th South and 45th South, and 13th East and Wasatch Boulevard, with a jag south basically east of Holladay Boulevard and north of Casto Lane to Wasatch Boulevard.
Lunt was party chairman from 1985 to 1987. Those two years saw some retrenching by Republicans as Democrats made some political gains, including winning the 2nd Congressional District, a seat on the Salt Lake County Commission and doubling their numbers in the Utah House.
But Lunt left the party in good shape, with Republicans holding four of five congressional seats, the governorship and all elected state offices and majorities in the Utah House and Senate.