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Davis County: Commission Seat B

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Michael J. Cragun (R)

Michael J. Cragun, 32, wants Davis County voters to have a choice. That's why he's running for office.

He stresses he has no particular axes to grind and no hidden agenda. He wants to be the people's choice - someone who will listen to residents and be someone they feel they can talk to.

If elected, he promises to do a good job. He believes he has a youthful, fresh perspective to bring to the County Commission.

A resident of Clearfield, he was born in Ogden and has continued to live in Davis County because of his strong family ties in the area.

Cragun is a licensed attorney, serving as the paralegal department chair at Mountain West College in Salt Lake City.

He successfully managed Jim Barlow's bid last fall to become a member of the Clearfield City Council. Also, he's served as a county delegate, state delegate and precinct chair for the Republican Party of Davis County.

Cragun served as an intern to former Utah senator Jake Garn in Washington, D.C. Among his duties were answering Garn's mail, and he learned how important it is to gain input from the public.

He said he has an in-depth understanding of the making, interpretation and application of laws.

Booming growth is the biggest challenge Davis County faces, according to Cragun. Most other problems are related to growth, like crime and pollution. He believes the county can play a key role in regional development.

Carol R. Page (R)

Incumbent Carol R. Page, 57, said she's served with honesty and integrity. She's seeking re-election because of her strong record and an intense desire to keep Davis County a place where people will want to live, work and play.

She's the first woman elected to the County Commission and believes that has given the commission another perspective on many issues.

Page is a lifelong resident of Davis County and has lived in Kaysville for many years.

She spearheaded efforts to raise private funds for the Davis County Children's Justice Center. Page also worked hard to make the county women's shelter a reality. Davis County has remained virtually debt-free during her tenure. She supervised the face lift of the county courthouse and helped approve the building of the county's new multipurpose arena - the Legacy Center.

Page is a past member of the Kaysville City Council and Planning Commission. She's been an active fund-raiser for county and civic projects. She also represents Davis County on 33 different boards, having monthly or weekly meetings.

Growth and its associated problems - increased crime, violence and drug use - are Davis County's biggest challenges, according to Page. She wants to continue her efforts to lessen those problems.

She said she's committed to showing how county government can bring people together to achieve greater community service without incurring debt or increasing taxes. She says she's also a good decisionmaker who acts on a careful and unbiased review of the facts.