LAYTON -- The line of Republican candidates expressing an interest in the soon-to-be open seat on the Davis County Commission is growing.
Layton resident Michelle Scharf has added her name to that list by announcing this week her intentions of running for the seat to become vacant at the end of this calendar year.
Commissioner Louenda Downs has announced she will not be seeking a third term.
"I am committed to finding areas where Davis County can be more efficient with tax dollars. By utilizing technology and implementing input from each department, we can identify places where we can make improvements and spend more wisely," Scharf said in a prepared statement posted on social media.
Scharf, 44, moved to Davis County in 1993. She lives in Layton with her husband of 26 years. She and her husband are the parents of four children, having one grandson.
Scharf said her career began in California where she opened a licensed daycare. It was in moving to Utah, Scharf said, she became licensed as a massage therapist and during the time gained an interest in childbirth education and advocacy.
Scharf has been a childbirth educator certified in various methods for 15 years, serving on multiple boards in the childbirth community. She has also worked with leaders on legislative issues.
It was in 2008, Scharf said, that she embarked on a political journey campaigning for Republican candidates.
To run for commission, Scharf said, she recently resigned from working on potential Republican congressional candidate Mia Love's campaign.
Davis Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jim Smith announced earlier this month his intentions of seeking the commission vacancy to be left open by Downs.
Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, and Syracuse attorney Terry Spencer, a former state senator, have also expressed an interest in running for a commission seat.
Commissioner Bret Millburn has announced he will be seeking a third term on the commission. His current term expires at the end of this calendar year.
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