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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed former state Rep. Stuart Adams to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
Davis County Republicans nominated Adams on Saturday to represent state Senate District 22, which represents central Davis County.
Utah Republican Party Chairman Dave Hansen forwarded the nomination to the governor on Monday.
Herbert made the appointment Wednesday morning. Adams was expected to take the oath of office in the Utah Senate later in the day.
Adams says a top priority will be Utah's economy.
"What I hope to bring is expertise on how to grow this economy," Adams said. "If we grow this economy, we'll be able to get through the budget problem."
Adams had served as a State Representative from 2002 to 2006 and had also served on Layton's City Council
Angie Welling, a spokeswoman for Herbert, says Adams resigned his post as chairman of the Utah Transportation Commission on Wednesday shortly after Herbert made the appointment.
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