Utah House hopefuls for Weber County’s District 8 seat to meet in debate

This article originally appeared in the Standard-Examiner. Read it in its entirety here

HARRISVILLE — The two hopefuls for the District 8 seat in the Utah Houseface off in a debate on Wednesday, the only planned public encounter between candidates for state office from Weber County.

The meeting between Democrat Deana Froerer and Republican Steve Waldrip is scheduled to go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and it will be held at Orion Junior High, 370 W. 2000 North in Harrisville. The District 8 post, which covers the Ogden Valley and parts of Ogden’s East Bench, northern Ogden and Harrisville, is currently held by Republican Gage Froerer, who’s not running for re-election and instead seeks a seat on the Weber County Commission.

The meeting is hosted by ABU Education Fund, a Salt Lake City-based group that promotes civic engagement, and the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society. The groups are hosting debates in two other county attorney’s races and two other state legislative contests, but the District 8 meeting is the only one focused on a Weber County contest.

Waldrip is a consultant from Eden who used to help manage Boyer Business Depot Ogden. Deana Froerer, Gage Froerer’s sister-in-law, teaches economics at Weber State University and finance classes at DaVinci Academy in Ogden.

Incumbents will be vacating three other Utah House seats serving Weber County up for grabs this cycle, in Districts 7, 9 and 10. In all, eight Utah House or Utah Senate posts serving Weber County are on the ballot.

This article originally appeared in the Standard-Examiner. Read it in its entirety here


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