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PARTING ISN'T SWEET SORROW FOR 2 LONG-TIME POLITICAL FOES

For long-time political foes William Peters and Dub Lawrence, it was the "Last Hurrah." And they made the most of it.

Wednesday's Davis County Commission meeting was the last one for Peters, who is leaving July 1 to take a seat on the state board of pardons.Peters and Lawrence have clashed politically and personally for two decades, dating back to the 1970s when Lawrence, then a Democrat, ran against and defeated Peters, the incumbent Republican county sheriff.

The two have had repeated - often vocal - clashes in the past 18 months since Lawrence was elected to the County Commission, culminating in his decision this spring to file against Peters for his commission seat.

Peters headed off an election faceoff, however, by taking the state job and not filing for another term on the commission. Lawrence then withdrew from the race, making an unsuccessful bid for Congress that ended two weeks ago at the state GOP convention.

The two clashed again Wednesday over a proposed ordinance granting the county's elected officials a 6.5 percent salary increase and setting increases annually at the same level as raises given to the county's merit, or non-elected, employees.

"I had hoped to go out of my last meeting without a donnybrook, but it wasn't to be," said Peters at the end of the meeting.

He recounted a number of areas of progress the county made in the last 31/2 years and made a point of thanking Commissioner Gayle Stevenson for working with him. He ignored Lawrence.