With less than a month to go before the Utah Republican Convention, former Eagle Mountain city councilwoman Donna Burnham is joining the race for Utah House of Representatives, District 2.
Burnham will vie for the seat against fellow Republican candidates Jefferson Moss, a state Board of Education member, and Dani Hartvigsen, who unsuccessfully ran for House District 48 in 2012.
Rep. David Lifferth, who currently holds the seat, left the seat open when he announced his intent to run for a Utah Senate seat in District 13, which will be left vacant by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs.
Burnham said that during her eight years on the Eagle Mountain city council, she saw some issues that made her want to run for higher office.
One such example was the discussion surrounding the possible location of a state prison near Eagle Mountain, which was later approved to be built in Salt Lake City.
“I was very disappointed in how that whole thing went,” Burnham said. “I felt like residents weren’t treated well by decision makers. I felt like the decision was already made before we even got to voice opinions.”
Burnham hopes to use her public service experience to address both federal and state overreach, as well as address education issues.
“I will advocate for results-based programs with local control that directly impact students, not administration,” Burnham said in a press release. “Also, these programs must have a reporting mechanism so they can be properly reviewed for effectiveness.”