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Utah state representative nominated to fill Sen. Margaret Dayton’s seat

Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune Rep. Keith Grover, R-Provo,left, Rep. Michael Noel, R- Kanab, and Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal listen to testimony in the House Government Operations Standing Committee Monday March 3 on SB005401, Elections Amendments. The amended bill passed unananimously in the committee to bring it to the house floor. Many on the committee like these three had reservations but voted for the so-called "Utah count my vote" compromise bill.

Provo • Utah Rep. Keith Grover is set to take former Sen. Margaret Dayton’s seat in the Utah Senate.

Utah County Republican Party Chairman Rob Craig announced the selection Thursday.

Dayton resigned for health reasons.

Grover’s name will be passed along to Gov. Gary Herbert, who is responsible for the official appointment.

The Daily Herald reports two candidates had originally filed to fill the vacancies, but Grover was left as the sole candidate when Charles Larson withdrew his candidacy.

There are about six months left in Dayton’s term.

Grover has filed to run for the seat in the November election.

Craig says the party will not attempt to fill Grover’s empty seat until after the Republican primary for the race is held June 26.

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