FARMINGTON -- Another office in Davis County will be contested this spring on the GOP side of the ballot.
Dale L. Peterson has announced he will seek the Republican Party nomination for county assessor.
Peterson, 53, currently the director of tax administration for the county, recently made the announcement to the Standard-Examiner.
Peterson will challenge incumbent Assessor Dennis Yarrington, also a Republican.
Yarrington confirmed Wednesday he will be seeking reelection and will be making a formal announcement of his candidacy later this month.
No Democrat holds a partisan office in Davis County and hasn't done so for two decades.
The assessor's contest is for a six-year term. Candidates can file for candidacy from March 14 through the close of business on March 20.
"I believe that I am uniquely qualified to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Davis County Assessor's office," Peterson said in a prepared statement.
"My education and experience both inside and outside of the assessor's office have given me a perspective which allows me to see the critical issues while providing me with the tools to address those issues," he said.
Prior to working for the county, Peterson was an independent appraiser. He has also been managing partner in two other small businesses.
"I developed a strong work ethic early in life while working with my father (Lowell Peterson) in the family cattle business," Peterson said.
Lowell Peterson is a former Weber County commissioner and state senator.
Dale Peterson, who received a bachelor's degree in finance and real estate from Utah State University and an MBA from the University of Utah, has lived in Layton for 26 years with his wife Cindy. The couple are parents of four sons.
Peterson served two terms as Republican Party legislative chairman for House District 16, during which time he was also a member of the Davis GOP executive committee.
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