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Real estate agent, official vying to become auditor

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Democrat Pat Herrera and Republican Steve Rawlings are seeking to become the next Davis County clerk/auditor.

Incumbent Margene Isom is retiring after 10 years on the job.Herrera ran unsuccessfully against Isom in 1994, losing by a 74 percent to 26 percent margin. Rawlings, meanwhile, is making his first attempt at public office.

Pat Herrera, 58, of Kaysville is a real estate agent with Wardley. She's spent 17 years on that job and has 40 years experience as a businesswoman. She also used to manage a Salt Lake restaurant.

She said she's running for office because of a great interest in the job - especially in the election system area. Herrera also unsuccessfully campaigned for the House of Representatives District 17 seat in 1992 and 1996.

If elected, she'd like to educate the public more about voting procedures so there are less spoiled votes. She'd also like to work to raise public awareness of the candidates.

Herrera would also like to start a program where senior citizens have the opportunity to meet candidates during the daytime.

Although Herrera doesn't have a college degree, she's earned her real estate license and has also taken many continuing education classes over the years. She has also had some medical field training and was a certified EKG technician in California.

Her volunteer work is extensive. Herrera has been married 35 years to her husband, Alex. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.

Steve Rawlings, 51, of North Salt Lake, is the finance director for Davis County. He's held that job since 1990 and is running because he said he has the experience for the job. He said Isom also asked him to run.

He's also worked as a controller in the private business world and was also a CPA in Los Angeles for three years.

Rawlings is also a certified government financial manager.

He's a Utah State University graduate and also graduated from the American Management Association.

If elected, Rawlings said he would be fiscally conservative because that's his approach to financial management. He'd also like to expand the county's election system so that it includes more automation.

He'd also like to work to get the county's financial department even more well recognized for its outstanding work though the ap-pli-ca-tion process for additional awards.

Rawlings and his wife, Jenell, have three sons and three grandchildren.