Republican incumbent Scott K. Jenkins is facing off with Democrat Brent L. Andrews for the Senate District 20 seat.
After 12 years in office, Jenkins, the Senate majority leader, said his record speaks for itself.
"I've been here long enough that my experience speaks highly of me," said Jenkins, 62.
He said he has endeavored to keep government in check, balance the budget and not overspend revenues. He helped start the state tourism investment fund to promote the state and keep tourism strong in Utah.
If elected, Andrews said he has a plan that would benefit education in a state that is at the bottom of the pile compared to other states in per-pupil funding. His plan would bring billions of dollars into the state to fund education and give teachers substantial raises, Andrews claimed. However, he declined to offer specifics, other than to say he would reveal the plan to those who promise to vote for him.
"When people say there is no problem with education, that is not acceptable," said Andrews, 61. "When teachers have to take money out of their own pockets, there is a problem."
He said current legislative plans to either raise taxes or sell public lands is not going to solve the state's problems.
Jenkins said that, over the years, the state has been careful about the debt it has incurred. He points to the debt for highway upgrades as an example. Attempts to pay off such debts will help improve the state's bond rating, he said.
Andrews and his wife, Susan, are the parents of six children. He is currently a member of the Sunset City Council, and is active in his church and local Boy Scouts of America committee. He is a graduate of Weber High School and earned a political science degree at Weber State University. He worked for 28 years as a journeyman and meter man for Utah Power and Light, and owned a lock shop for 30 years.
Jenkins, a Plain City native and resident, is the owner of Great Western Supply, an Ogden-based plumbing and industrial wholesale company. He graduated from Weber State University. He and his wife, Becky, are the parents of five children.
State Senate District 20 has expanded to include portions of north Davis County including Sunset and Clinton. In Weber County, the district lines mostly are drawn from I-15 west and now include less of Ogden and Harrisville.