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Rep. Wyatt's Replacement Chosen

Rep. Wyatt's Replacement Chosen



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A former state representative who says he doesn't have any issues he wants to champion in the Legislature has been selected to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Scott Wyatt, who is leaving the Legislature to become president of Snow College.

"I don't have an agenda," said Curt Webb. "I think it's time that somebody go in there without one."

Webb received a majority of delegates' votes in a House District 5 special election on Friday.

This is the second time Webb has won a seat in the Legislature following the resignation of a sitting representative. In 2003, the district's delegates voted for Webb to serve in the Legislature after Brent Parker resigned. Webb served three days in the 2003 session and all 45 days in the 2004 session.

Webb lost to Wyatt in a primary election later that year.

Wyatt backed one of Webb's opponents in the special election, but said he was excited for Webb.

Webb, 57, is a Providence resident and owner of Cache Title Company in Logan.

Webb was one of three candidates vying for Wyatt's seat. Initially, no candidate received a majority of delegate votes. Webb received 58 votes, attorney Jon Jenkins received 55 and retired school teacher Ed Jensen received 46 votes.

Jensen was eliminated after the first round of balloting and Webb went on to defeat Jenkins with 90 votes to Jenkins' 69.

Cache County GOP Chairman David Butterfield said Webb would serve Republicans well.

"I think Curt is going to do a fantastic job," said Butterfield. "He said some things tonight about limited government that obviously appealed to the delegates, and that's what Republicans still believe in -- limited government and personal responsibility."

Webb spent a portion of his speech reiterating core Republican ideals.

"Good government begins by electing reasonable people whose judgment we trust and whose values we share," Webb said. "Those values must be traditional Republican values, and they include personal freedoms, personal responsibility and limited government."

------ Information from: The Herald Journal

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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