House District 10: Pitcher, Winn say their backgrounds are key

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 3:58 PM

OGDEN — A two-term Republican legislator and a Democrat who is a teacher are facing off for the seat in House District 10.

The two are incumbent Dixon Pitcher, 59, and Christopher Winn, 45.

Pitcher was elected to one term in 1984 and again two years ago.

Winn said he is canvassing the area, spreading hope of improving education.

“Education is their top concern, especially parents who have children in school,” he said of constituents.

“They want to see funding put into education. They want quality teachers, resources in the classroom and they want to see that their children are receiving a 21st Century education.”

Winn said he will put a priority on making education opportunities beyond high school available to Utah residents, as it is important to economic prosperity.

“Seventy percent are locked into a lifetime of poverty if they don’t have education (beyond) high school,” he said.

While Pitcher believes his most important job is answering calls from his constituents and helping them with their individual problems, he said he has made some strides in improving laws in the state.

One example is a bill he sponsored giving property assessors direction on how to appraise land with conservation easements.

These property owners have agreed to keep their land from ever being used for buildings, keeping it instead as open space.

“Common area is very important to us,” he said.

In his first term of office, Pitcher said he sponsored the bill that made Trapper’s Loop Road a reality.

Pitcher said he has helped along bills for victim’s rights and tobacco licensing amendments.

He sponsored a bill that would have reduced the marriage license fees for engaged couples who attend pre-marital counseling. The bill didn’t pass, but he plans to introduce it again if re-elected.

Pitcher’s future plans also include sponsoring a bill requiring photographs of those who take copper materials to be recycled in an effort to curb rampant thefts of air conditioning equipment.

Both candidates say they are the best choice because of their backgrounds.

Winn cites his 17 years of experience in education including university, college and technical levels through his past work for the Utah College of Applied Technology.

He currently is a business teacher at the Granite School District, giving him K-12 experience.

“I believe my experience through education will be needed in the Legislature,” he said.

“I’ve also been instrumental in transforming and improving academic standards and economic opportunities for students.”

Winn said he believes the family is the foundation for Utah’s communities. He also believes employment should be rewarding and that workers should be paid livable wages.

“I will advocate for safe and vibrant communities,” he said.

A businessman who has owned Pitcher Sports for more than 20 years and now owns two Best Western Hotels in Ogden and Layton, Pitcher said he also is the son of school teachers and has experience in public safety.

Pitcher served this term as the vice chairman of the Legislature’s Business and Labor Committee.

Pitcher and his wife, Darlene, are the parents of six children and grandparents of nine.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and a master’s degree in political science from Utah State University.

Winn and his wife, Amy, are the parents of seven.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in accounting and a master’s degree in technology education from Pepperdine University.

The district covers the area north of Highway 89 in South Ogden to the south side of 27th Street and from the mountains to Pacific Avenue in Ogden.

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