West Haven's Kathie Darby plans to vie again for District 9 Utah House post

Wednesday , February 28, 2018 - 5:00 AM3 comments

WEST HAVEN — Kathie Darby, a longtime volunteer and retired Internal Revenue Service analyst, will run again for the Utah House, seeking the District 9 spot as a Democrat.

The West Haven woman ran in 2016, unsuccessfully challenging Rep. Jeremy Peterson, the Republican incumbent now serving in his fourth term. She said many issues of concern to her still need to be addressed, such as domestic violence and sexual assaults, teen suicides and opioid addiction. Other concerns include protecting air quality and increasing education funding.

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More generally, Darby said she’d fight for “the downtrodden” — lower-income Utahns and racial minorities, for instance — and provide a “new voice,” contrasting the perspective of the white, male majority in the House.

Darby, 65, retired from the IRS in 2014 after 31 years with the government agency and has been involved with volunteer work for more than 40 years. The groups where she’s volunteered include the American Red Cross, the YCC Family Crisis Center and Roads to Independence, which works with the disabled.

Peterson, a real estate broker, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on his plans this cycle. District 9 includes east-central Ogden, western Ogden and West Haven.

The primary is June 26 and the general election is Nov. 6.

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