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Lofft knocks Jensen out of running for House seat

The stage is set for a Park City Democrat to take on a powerful Coalville Republican for his seat in the Utah House of Representatives.

At their state nominating convention Saturday, Democrats chose Parkite Kathy Lofft to face off in November against Coalville Republican Mel Brown, the incumbent lawmaker who serves most of Summit County in House District 53. Brown replaced former Rep. David Ure, R-Kamas, in the seat about two years ago. Lofft will represent the Democrats in the race after trouncing Wasatch County Democrat Ryan Jensen at Saturday’s convention in downtown Salt Lake City.

Lofft garnered votes from roughly 85 percent of the delegates.

"I’m really pleased that Kathy won. She is a great candidate and I think she will take the seat in November," said Laura Bonham, chairwoman for the Summit County Democratic Party. Speaking about Jensen, Bonham said, "By no means is this the end of Ryan Jensen. He is a promising young candidate." –Patrick Parkinson