OGDEN - A veteran incumbent faces a newcomer for the Republican nomination in state Senate District 19.
Allen Christensen is seeking his third term in the Senate, while Dan Deuel is opposing him.
Christensen, 65, is a pediatric dentist. He says he is seeking another term because he has strong opinions about how Utah should be run.
"It is headed in the right direction, and I want to help keep Utah on the right course," Christensen said in an emailed statement.
He feels that he can help the state set an example to the rest of the nation with positive economic development.
He has served the community at the city, county and state levels and has enjoyed all three areas of service.
Deuel, 38, works as an independent information technology consultant. He has great concerns about the path the government is on and the impact it has on children's futures.
He has volunteered for the past three years as an unpaid lobbyist to advocate for smaller government, lower taxes and family values.
"I have personally made a difference this time," Deuel said. He feels he can make an even bigger difference as a legislator and can bring a fresh new approach to the office.
Deuel wants to reduce spending, lower taxes and end dependency on federally sourced funds. He would like to use technology to stay connected to his constituents.
Both candidates feel strongly that the state needs to have control over federal lands, and they believe the federal government is in the wrong for having the control it has had in the past.
"We can manage these lands better than the federal government could ever hope to," Deuel said.
Christensen would like to see the federal government keep the promise he says it made when Utah became a state -- that the state could maintain control of the land within its borders.
"We remain the second-most federally owned state in the contiguous nation," Christensen said.
Both candidates would like the increased funds from the state-maintained lands to be used for education.
Deuel said job growth for the state would come out of the deal.
"With job growth comes increased income tax revenue," he said. "We are bound by our state Constitution to put 100 percent of that revenue directly toward education."
He also would be open to sponsoring legislation that would require the money to be used to protect education.
Christensen said the increase in money resulting from maintaining control would give public education the boost the state is currently lacking.
At this point, he can provide no guarantees that the money wouldn't be diverted to areas other than education, but he would want to be a part of the discussion to try to make sure that doesn't happen.