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S. Jordan race pits familiar name, political newcomer

Dix McMullin knows his is a familiar name on the ballot.

The 63-year-old has spent two decades of his life serving as a an elected official in one capacity or another."I never have served full-time in politics . . . I just enjoy public service," said McMullin, who is vying for South Jordan's mayoral seat.

He will be opposed on the Nov. 4 4 ballot by Roy Harward.

McMullin said he was asked by several of his South Jordan neighbors to fill the position after incumbent Theron Hutchings opted not to seek re-election.

"I do think I have a lot to offer," said McMullin. "I've been an administrator, I've been in a lot of leadership positions. I can give some good direction."

McMullin's professional career started in an elementary classroom. He began teaching fifth and sixth grade after graduating from college. He later taught junior high math before moving into counseling and school administration, eventually earning master's and doctoral degrees in educational administration.

McMullin was appointed principal at Kearns High School in 1969. He held that position for three years.

He later opened several private alternatives schools called "Master Academy" for students living along the Wasatch Front. The schools provided educational opportunities for young people who had dropped out of public school systems.

Now retired from education, McMullin keeps busy as a businessman and property investor. He and his family own ECDC Environmental, a brokerage company for waste cleanup materials.

"I enjoy being able to work now with my family," he said.

He also owns and rents out several business offices.

A strong financial background, McMullin said, gives him the know-how to maintain fiscal responsibility in city government.

During his teaching years, McMullin took his first stab at local politics after being elected to the South Jordan City Council.

During his four-year terms, McMullin said he helped to establish a municipal zoning ordinance by moving zoning authority from Salt Lake County to South Jordan City.

He has also acted as South Jordan's registered lobbyist on Capitol Hill, securing funding for the South Valley Sanctuary, a shelter for women.

McMullin spent several years in state government, serving in the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah State Senate, where he served as majority whip.

McMullin said he was instrumental as a lawmaker in securing funds for the Bangerter Highway, public and higher education, prison expansion and inmate educational programs, social services, public recreational facilities and water and environmental issues.

McMullin is also proud of his civic accomplishments outside of elected office.

He is the former chairman of South Jordan's Country Fest, and cochaired the South Jordan Country Fest parade with his wife, Renae.

McMullin is also a past president of the South Jordan Lions Club, serving on several projects including the South Jordan City Golf Tournament, street lighting projects, tree planting in the park, Student Honor Night, eyeglass programs for citizens and the annual Sub-for-Santa program.

Why so much time in public service?

"I enjoy working with people," said McMullin.

McMullin said he has strong feelings for the future of South Jordan's kids and hopes to be able to improve their opportunities "for clear, clean wholesome living and happiness."

He and his wife are the parents of five children and 19 grandchildren.