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Two Utah County legislators have announced their re-election efforts.

Sen. Eldon Money, D-Spanish Fork, the minority leader of the Senate, has filed for re-election to District 17, which covers the southern part of the county.Money, 61, has served in the Senate since 1979. He said he wants to stay in the Legislature to take care of challenges he knows are coming.

"Utah's educated and responsible work force, reasonable taxes and low crime rate will continue to draw new residents to the state, and especially to Utah County," says Money. "We have to keep on top of all these things if we're going to maintain our quality of life."

Money promised to provide the best education for children that Utahns can afford. For the elderly and others having a difficult time living on fixed incomes, "we've got to get a better handle on the state level so we can get our health-care costs under control. Somehow we've got to make adequate medical care available to everyone. No one should be forced to forgo treatment because it is not affordable."

Rep. John Valentine, R-Orem, is seeking re-election to District 58, which includes parts of Pleasant Grove, Lindon and Orem.

Valentine said he enjoyed his brief run at the 3rd Congressional District - he got out during the legislative session in favor of another candidate - "I feel that many of the issues we face in the state are as equally important to our lives as those considered in Washington."

He said the most important issues to his constituents are education, tax burdens and quality of life. Valentine promised to continue working for better education funding, four-year status for the Utah Valley Community College, reducing redevelopment agencies' impact on property tax revenue and a better, cleaner environment.

Valentine says if re-elected he'll seek one of the Republican leadership offices in the House, a powerful position where he will better be able to represent his constituents. He was first elected to the House in 1988.