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Provo businesswoman Carol W. Thorne has thrown her hat in the ring to fill the Utah County Commission seat vacated last month by Brent Morris, who resigned to work full time at his congressional bid.

Thorne is the first Republican woman to seek a commission seat in Utah County.Michael Stansfield, R.L. "Bob" Wright and Mike Davis, who ran unsuccessfully for County Commission seats during last month's GOP county convention, also are seeking the post. They are joined by Orem real estate agent Gary Herbert.

The filing deadline for Republicans interested in replacing Morris for the remainder of this year is Friday, June 15. Bruce Peacock, Utah County clerk/auditor, said any Republican interested in the seat may file a letter of intent with county GOP leaders.

On Tuesday, June 19, the party's central

committee will meet at Mountain View High School to select at least six names to be submitted to commissioners Malcolm Beck and Sid Sandberg. If the commissioners are unable to agree on a replacement, then Gov. Norm Bangerter will make the selection.

Then, beginning July 2, a weeklong open filing period will be held for those interested in running for the remaining two years of Morris' four-year term.

"If more than two members of a party file for the post, respective parties' central committees must narrow the number to two," Peacock said.

That number will be reduced to one from each party during a primary election Sept. 11, followed by the general election in November.

The candidate selected to replace Morris for the rest of the year, therefore, won't necessarily be the person elected to replace Morris for the final two years of his term.

Thorne, chief executive officer of the Provo Holiday Inn and Brass Hearth Restaurant, said she believes Utah County "is on the threshold of a new era of positive growth and development. I believe that this growth must be guided and controlled in light of this community's best interests. I feel that I have the knowledge and experience to help accomplish that goal."

Thorne serves on the Utah Olympic Sports Authority Board, as chairwoman of the Provo City Airline Task Force and as vice chairwoman of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs and Tourism Committee. In 1987, she was elected to a four-year term on the Utah County Travel Council and serves as chairwoman of that group's board of directors.

Thorne also serves on the Mountainland Regional Economic board of directors and the Utah Valley Economic Development Association board of directors.

"For the past several years, I've devoted myself to promoting the values and lifestyle we are privileged to have here in Utah County," she said.

"I feel that I have a handle on the direction this community and valley can take into the decade of the '90s. I hope that my fellow Republicans will recognize in me the ability and commitment to fill out the remainder of the former commissioner's term of office."