Representative Ronda Menlove, R-District 1, is retiring from her legislative post at the end of the year after holding the office for 10 years. Menlove represents a small part of Cache County and most of Box Elder County.
Although she says she has loved serving in the legislature, she wants to focus more on family and her work as an administrator for Utah State University.
Menlove encourages more people to run for office, especially women.
“Right now I haven’t been contacted by…any women,” Menlove says. “I’m concerned because I’m one of the more senior members of the House.
“I’m leaving as well as (House) Speaker (Rebecca) Lockhart and Jennifer Seelig in the Democratic Party. Three of the more senior women are leaving and I feel bad about that. I hope there will be other women that will run in other districts.
So far one Republican has filed for Menlove’s seat. That is Oakley Nelson, a resident of Elwood, Box Elder County. Nelson says he has served in such offices as member of the Ewood Town Council. He is also currently the county’s Republican Party’s legislative chairman.