Rep. Tim Hawkes looks to retire after 4 terms in the Utah House

Up to now, six Utah legislators — 4 Republicans and two Democrats — have determined to retire in 2022.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Tim Hawkes talks together with his intern Paige Walton, within the Utah Home of Representatives, Friday, March 2, 2018.

A high Home Republican is probably going calling it quits this yr as lawmakers start to — or to not — file for reelection.

Rep. Tim Hawkes, R-Centerville, chair of the highly effective Home Guidelines Committee, says he doesn’t plan to file for reelection. Up to now, six lawmakers have determined to name it quits in 2022.

Hawkes confirmed he was not working for a fifth time period in 2022 on Monday night however left the door barely ajar if he modified his thoughts.

“Whereas I’ve left a window open to rethink, at current, I don’t plan to file to run for reelection,” Hawkes mentioned in a textual content message.

Monday was the primary day for candidates to file to run forward of November’s election. The submitting interval ends Friday at 5 p.m, so the clock is ticking if Hawkes does an about-face.

That is Hawkes’ fourth time period within the legislature, first successful in 2014. Present Home Majority Chief Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, was part of Hawkes’ freshman class.

Hawkes had the arduous job of dealing with liquor payments for the Home Majority throughout his tenure.

“I really feel the necessity to pursue private {and professional} alternatives which can be simply too arduous to stability with continued legislative service. It’s been a terrific alternative and privilege for me to signify the residents in Home District 18 for the previous eight years,” Hawkes continued.

Whereas Hawkes is the highest-profile retirement from the Utah Legislature thus far, different lawmakers have introduced they received’t be again in 2023.

Two Democrats introduced they have been leaving Capitol Hill.

Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper, introduced Monday she was leaving the Legislature to run for the at-large Salt Lake County Council seat held by Republican Richard Snelgrove.

Harrison was a sufferer of redistricting. The GOP-controlled legislature eradicated the Draper district she has served for 2 phrases and into the Republican district held by Rep. Jeff Stenquist, R-Draper.

In a textual content message to supporters, Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Salt Lake Metropolis, mentioned Monday morning she had determined to retire after two phrases. She was first elected in 2014 after serving on the Salt Lake County Council. She referred to as her resolution to depart workplace “each troublesome and easy on the identical time.”

“I can say with confidence that I’ve beloved my service for the county and the state,” Iwamoto mentioned.

Three different Republican legislators revealed their plan to retire from the Legislature earlier than the 2022 session. Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley Metropolis and Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, all should not looking for working for his or her seats this yr.

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