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Adams chosen to take over for Bell in Senate
by Tom Busselberg
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STUART ADAMS will be taking over Greg Bell’s seat in the State Senate for the rest of the current term.
STUART ADAMS will be taking over Greg Bell’s seat in the State Senate for the rest of the current term.
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LAYTON — After less than three years absence, Stuart Adams is returning to the Legislature.

This time, though, he’ll be joining Sen. Dan Liljenquist and Sheldon Killpack in representing Davis County – rather than sitting with his Davis County peers from the House of Representatives.

That turn of events is thanks to a vote by delegates from Senate District 22, which represents parts of Centerville, Farmington, Fruit Heights, Kaysville and Layton.

Of 267 possible delegates from that district, 93 percent, or 249, participated in Saturday morning’s vote held at the Davis Applied Technology Center, said Michael Johnson, District Republican Party chair.

“I’m hearing things may move as fast as Wednesday,” for confirmation and official appointment by the Governor, Adams said Monday. Interim legislative meetings are set for that day. “It’s in the hands of the Governor. We’ll see how fast it moves along.”

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell of Fruit Heights, who Adams will replace upon confirmation, spoke to the group.

In addition, short speeches were made by each of the eight candidates.

Rep. Julie Fisher tallied 117 votes to Adams’ 131.

Of that close vote and his association with Fisher, Adams said, “Julie is extremely talented. I look forward to serving with her.

“We’ll have a great team. We really have a great legislative group. Davis County is very well thought of,” he said.

Adams has been busy in various public service capacities since leaving his House seat. He is chair of the State Transportation Commission, having previously served as head of the Davis Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee. In addition, he chairs the MIDA group (Military Installation Defense Alliance).

Adams, who grew up and lives in Layton, started his political career as a member of the Layton City Council. Professionally, he works with a building/land development firm.

“Having served on the Transportation Commission, that expertise will serve me well,” Adams said. “We had another great senator, Dan Eastman, who had that same background.

“My other focus, I think right now, without any question, will be the budget, which is on everyone’s minds. We’ve had a downturn in the economy, and with that, some of the challenges of providing services.

“I think I heard very well from those I talked to, a tax increase is not something they want. The solution, with declining revenues, is to get this economy going.”

He coupled that with his involvement with the giant Falcon Hill project being developed by MIDA in a public/private partnership, west of Hill AFB. It’s projected up to 50,000, mostly high paying jobs, will be created in the coming years.

“That will be a passion, is one of the biggest economic development projects in the Intermountain Region,” he said.

Johnson noted that “instant runoff voting” was used in the convention. Each delegate voted their numeric choice on each of the eight candidates, rather than having separate votes to narrow down the choices.

“We certainly had a fantastic turnout,” he said, of the very high percentage turnout, adding, “Apathy is not the case here.”

Of the candidates, Johnson said “the comment was made many times, in some elections, you are forced to choose the lesser of two evils. In this situation, everybody felt we were picking from the cream of the crop.”

“There were seven very qualified candidates, many of which I was friends with before,” Adams said. “I’m friends with all of them now.”

tbusselberg@davisclipper.com
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