Utah Rep. Gage Froerer won't run again for House, to seek county spot instead

Wednesday , February 14, 2018 - 5:00 AM

Utah Rep. Gage Froerer won’t seek re-election to his House seat and instead said he will seek a Weber County commission post, a possibility he hinted at last month.

The Republican from Huntsville has already heard of would-be candidates interested in vying for the District 8 House seat, which covers eastern Weber County, including Huntsville. “It’s been a great 12 years. I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of things legislatively,” said Froerer, finishing his sixth two-year term.

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One of his focuses as a state lawmaker has been assuring prudent use of taxpayer money, and concerns about use of money at the county level spurred his interest in seeking a county commission seat. He said he’ll seek the seat now held by James Ebert, who will seek re-election to the post.

Froerer focused his criticism of county spending on the 2016 county commission decision to boost the county property tax rate by 22 percent. He also singled out contracts county officials have secured in recent years with private consultants for assistance with economic development efforts.

Froerer favors revamping county government here, turning commissioners into part-time officials and separating executive and legislative functions, dual duties now in the hands of commissioners. To that end, he’s involved in a petition drive to put a ballot question to the public, asking if a study committee should be formed looking at revamping county government, an initiative Ebert and other county commissioners also favor.

While saying he planned to run again for his commission slot, Ebert said he’s more focused on proposals at the Utah Legislature of import to Weber County. Election pronouncements will come later.

Froerer said he’d petition for a place on the June GOP primary ballot for county commission and also seek a spot at the Weber County Republican Party convention. He filed his intent this week with the Weber County Election Office to seek signatures on petitions.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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