Democrat Karl Swan says he will give up 20 years in the Utah Senate to run for a seat on the Tooele County Commission.

At a Capitol Hill news conference Friday, Swan, 58, said he had tired of always being in the minority. Republicans have controlled both houses of the Legislature for years.Swan said he recalled coming up with good ideas for tax reform in 1988, and ways to deal with the state's failed thrifts, only to see them incorporated in GOP proposals.

If elected to the commission, Swan says he will continue to work on projects he initiated in the past to promote tourism. He says he also hopes to improve Tooele County's health care services.

"If I can be of any service to the county in encouraging competent physicians to practice in the community, I will be eager to spend whatever time necessary in such an effort," he explained.

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He served as majority whip in Senate from 1979 to 1984. Before that, he was chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee.

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