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Two legislative districts in Utah County have Republican primaries next week. In a north county district, a challenger faces the incumbent. In a south-central district, two Republican candidates remain from a slate of four who wanted to take on five-term Rep. Tim Moran, D-Spanish Fork.

Moran, who had no GOP opponent in 1992, is the only Democrat in the county's House of Representatives delegation. Four Republicans filed in District 66 this year. One withdrew earlier, and one was eliminated in the county convention, leaving Douglas Bowen and Allan Hales in a primary election.In District 57, Rep. Lowell Nelson, R-Highland, is challenged within his own party by Lloyd C. Davis of American Fork.

District 66 1/3 In this district that comprises southwest Provo, Spanish Fork, Salem and east Payson, a Spanish Fork resident and a Salem resident are vying for the GOP nomination to face Moran.

- Douglas Bowen, 43, is an electrical engineer with Unisys Corp. who has lived in Spanish Fork. He also sits on the town's utility board and said he is qualified to help the state manage growth, improve its education system and implement the governor's technology ini-tia-tives.

Bowen, 482 N. 100 West, said the growth must take place in a rational fashion or the Wasatch Front will face the problems of Southern California. He said growth is a big issue in his district, and he advocates coordinated decisionmaking involving city, county and state officials. Local governments should be able to implement controls on growth and the state should shield local communities from unnecessary federal reg-u-la-tions.

Utah's education system must strengthen its ties to private industry, Bowen said. He would like to see apprenticeship programs and would encourage more input from business and industry into the education system.

Bowen supports developing information technology, but he is concerned that the benefits may not be experienced by all. To prevent this, he favors a system that would guarantee basic technological access and services to all. "The state and cities need to sit down and figure out how to get involved and set it up like a utility rather than a free-for-all for access," he said. "Otherwise the market will put it in the place along lines of rich and poor."

- Allan Hales, 42, lives in Salem and is a business partner in a software programming firm. This is his first foray into politics, although he said he has been involved "as a constituent."

"As a state legislator I would make sure all funds paid to the state from Utah County are used in Utah County," Hales said. "If an area of the state has a special need or want, let them generate the funds for that. I am really for people governing themselves."

Hales, 500 W. Hazel Drive, supports eliminating property and income taxes and government re-ly-ing on a sales tax for its financing. "This gives an incentive to government to keep the economy grow-ing," he said. "As I spend more money I generate more for the economy as a whole."

That might make it difficult for the state to pay for additional prisons and youth corrections facilities. But Hales said more facilities are needed. "We can reduce prison populations with good, solid just laws administered fairly," he said.

Hales said gang members should not be treated as children but should serve just, fixed punishments for their crimes. He favors the death penalty for capital crimes and eliminating appeals as cost-saving measures. For those convicted of lesser crimes, they "should be put to work rather than put behind bars."

On education, Hales favors tax credits for parents with children in private schools. He said that would give the public system an incentive to compete and improve.

- District 66 encompasses all of Spanish Fork and Salem; southwest Provo, west of I-15 between Center Street and 1020 South, or west of about 680 West and south of 1020 South; east Payson, generally east of 300 East and south of Utah Avenue, or east of 500 East and north of Utah Avenue; and unincorporated areas between Spanish Fork and Mapleton.

In addition to Moran and the Hales-Bowen winner, Libertarian G. Franklin Bradford will be on the general-election ballot.

District 57 1/3 Two years ago, incumbent Rep. Donald LeBaron, R-Highland, decided to forgo his House seat in an unsuccessful bid for the Senate. That opened the door for former Highland City Councilman Lowell Nelson to win the House seat that covers much of northeast Utah County.

Now, Nelson is being challenged by fellow Republican Lloyd C. Davis in Nelson's first re-election bid.

- Lowell Nelson, 53, says times are good in Utah and that most people in the state are fairly satisfied with state government and the direction the state is headed.

"I haven't heard a lot on taxes this year," he said. "During the last session, myself and some others worked toward ending the flood tax, and also with the property tax situation and not letting that increase go into effect. I think people are fairly satisfied with that."

Keeping taxes under control and not expanding government would be a high priority if he were re-elected, as would the crime issue, particularly as it relates to gangs.

And education is always a concern, although Nelson said the Legislature has taken steps to offset problems by addressing classroom sizes and technology in the classroom. He would continue to support those initiatives.

As elsewhere in Utah, there is growing concern over crime, and Nelson expects the next session to fund a juvenile detention facility in Utah County. Nelson also wants to toughen the penalties when a child dies of abuse. And he wants to raise the age for statutory rape to age 18.

Nelson, 5254 W. Forest Trail, Highland, is an insurance underwriter and financial adviser. He is married and has seven children. He has been involved in local politics about eight years and is also involved in the Kiwanis Club and Boy Scouts.

- Lloyd C. Davis sees many different issues affecting the district: education, environmental con-flicts, tax cuts and openness in government.

"This year more than any other, I see people really concerned about environmental issues," he said. "The mandatory emissions testing centers has people real concerned.

"I am against having to appease the Environmental Protection Agency to get money. Let them keep the money and we'll give up certain rights."

He is also concerned that state government is getting too big and that tax cuts have not reflected the prosperous economic times. "The surpluses we have had . . . the budget is getting way too big. If they are predicting another surplus next year, I would like to see as much of that money get back to the taxpayers. Too much has gone into permanent budget increases."

Davis said he would never vote for a tax increase in a year of budget surpluses, and he called for a sales tax reduction of one-half percent instead of the one-eighth cent passed by the Legislature.

Davis, 63 S. 100 West, American Fork, would also like to see the Rules Committee opened up to the public. "What are they afraid of, what are they hiding?" And he would toughen laws on campaign disclosure and lobbyist disclosure.

"Openness in government is 100 percent vital," he said. "They should disclose every penny they get."

The owner of a Lehi dental lab, Davis, 32, is married and has three children. He is a graduate of Lehi High School and also attended Utah State University and Utah Valley Community College.

He has never run for office but has been a Republican delegate at both the state and county conventions.

- District 57 includes American Fork, generally south of Main Street, and north to 100 North between 100 West and 500 East; Pleasant Grove, generally north of Center Street; all of Alpine, Highland and Cedar Hills, and unincorporated areas north of U-92.

In November, the Nelson-Davis winner will face Democrat Steven S. Kesler, of Cedar Hills.


Additional Information

Primary previews

During the 10 days preceding the primary election June 28, the Deseret News is publishing a series of articles on candidates and the issues they are discussing.

See Page B4 for information on Wasatch County candidates.

In coming days you'll see the following stories:

Wednesday: Utah County Commission seat A (Republican)

Thursday: Utah County Commission seat A (Democrat)