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Democrats select two women to fill open House, Senate seats

Democrats select two women to fill open House, Senate seats



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Democratic delegates picked two women to fill vacancies in the Utah House and Senate.

Karen Mayne was selected to fill the District 5 Senate seat for Kearns, West Valley City and Taylorsville. Mayne takes over for her husband, the late Sen. Ed Mayne, D-West Valley City, who died last month after a battle with lung cancer.

Rebecca Chavez-Hauck was chosen for the House District 23 seat vacated by Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Ralph Becker.

In speeches to delegates, both women called for legislative reform, a free transit system and passage of an animal cruelty bill.

The new lawmakers will be sworn in prior to the star of the 2008 Legislature in January.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

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

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