District 13 started out with three Republicans seeking the Davis County Republican vote, but now it is down to two.
Mark Sessions, of West Point, withdrew from the race because of a job possibility that could conflict with running for the Representative seat.
Incumbent Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, 45, is seeking his sixth term at the state Legislature "because there are still a few things I want to accomplish."
Meanwhile, Sunset resident Lorenzo Swank, 26, is seeking his first term at the House.
"Paul Ray, the incumbent, is a good man, but his focus has been crime and punishment and not a lot in education," Swank said. "I feel strongly about education."
Ray said one of his goals is to incorporate a wellness program into the Medicaid program. He believes he can save the taxpayers millions of dollars in this way.
Ray said experience is what he is brings to the campaign.
"I've been at the Hill long enough that I have an institutional knowledge about how things work, like the budget cycles, where we had extreme surplus to record decreases," Ray said.
Swank said even though he is young, he brings the knowledge he has gained through his education.
He graduated from high school at 16 and went on to college. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia, works for a software company and lectures at the University of Utah.
"Education is the foundation for a good quality of life," Swank said.
Ray said his priorities, if he is sent back to the Legislature, are economic development and public safety.
"If we take care of the state's economic development, we take care of education, because economic development spurs money into education," Ray said.
The state also needs to find "innovative ways to handle the increasing populations in prison," Ray said.
Lawmakers could look at the sex offender registry, because "there are people on there that shouldn't be," Ray said.
The No.1 priority for Swank, if he is elected to office, is education.
Swank said it is not just a matter of finding funding for education, but also looking for "innovative ways" to educate students.
Utah students are not cutting it in math or science, and even if companies come to the state, they will hire and bring people from out of state who have the skills, Swank said.
Both candidates said they believe the state can do a better job of managing and operating the federal lands than the federal government.
Swank said, if Utah does get the federal lands, he is concerned that lawmakers may get caught up in spending too much of the revenues and not setting funds aside.
"We need to carefully pace ourselves and use the funds sparingly," he said.
Swank said he would like to see the funds put toward education programs.
Ray said tax revenues from the development of the property will go to education automatically. He would also like to see any additional funds be used to manage the public lands, because not all of it will be developed. He said:
"We want to preserve those lands."