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9 LEGISLATORS WON’T SEEK TO HANG ONTO THEIR POSTS

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Every election year a number of Utah House and Senate members announce during the session that they won't be seeking re-election. The candidate filing deadline is March 18, and several legislators told the Deseret News they may not seek re-election but weren't ready to make such an announcement yet.

All 75 House seats and 14 of the 29 Senate seats are up for election this year.The following legislators have announced they won't be running for re-election this year:

- Sen. Rex Black, D-Salt Lake City. Black is the dean of the Senate, having represented his west Salt Lake district for 24 years. He was minority leader from 1981 to 1990.

- Sen. Stephen Rees, R-Taylorsville-Bennion. Rees served three terms in the House of Representatives before joining the Senate in 1987. His district includes most of Taylorsville-Bennion south of 4800 South, south Kearns, north West Jordan and Oquirrh.

- House Minority Whip Kelly Atkinson, D-West Jordan, is running for Rees' Senate seat. Atkinson has spent 10 years in the House. His House District 43 includes north West Jordan and south and east portions of Bennion.

- House Majority Whip Mike Waddoups, R-Taylorville-Bennion, also is running for Rees' Senate seat. Waddoups was appointed to the House in 1987 to take Rees' House seat when Rees was appointed to the Senate. Waddoups' House district includes south Taylorsville and much of Bennion.

- Rep. Pete Suazo, D-Salt Lake City, is running for Black's Senate seat. Suazo has represented his Rose Park-area district for two terms.

- Rep. Tim Moran, D-Spanish Fork, has been a representative since 1985. His district includes southwest Provo, Spanish Fork, Salem and east Payson. He is the only Democratic representative from Utah County.

- Rep. Lee Ellertson, R-Orem, has served 14 years in the House. He represents northwest Provo, south and west Orem, and Vine-yard.

- Rep. Norm Nielsen, R-Orem, has represented south-central Orem for six years.

- Rep. Doyle Mortimer, R-Orem, has served four years from his north-central Orem district.