Hillyard plans to actively campaign, even without a challenger

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, left, looks on as Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, right, speaks during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers are polishing off a $14.7 billion budget that would pay for more than 9,700 new students expected in public schools next year and a bare-bones Medicaid plan that covers homeless adults. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Senator Lyle Hillyard has filed for another four-year term and, as has been the case over the 30-plus years he has been in the legislature, he has not opponent this year.

The Republican from Logan says he feels good about that but he still plans to get out and campaign throughout District 25 which covers not only the Logan area but also Rich County.

“Campaigning also teaches you what people want to hear,” says Hillyard. “It’s important for us to get out and talk to people and hear their questions and concerns. That’s an important part of representing them.”

Hillyard also believes what he does away from the legislature prepares him in a unique way to be effective as a state senator.

“I’ve always felt my occupation as a lawyer here in the community gives me a unique opportunity to meet with people on almost a daily basis who have problems with the law, who have problems with the way the legislature enacts legislation,” he continues. “I think it gives me good perspective about what makes people concerned and what we need to do to fine tune some of the laws that we have.”

Hillyard has held several major positions in the Senate and he currently serves as chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee. He is often referred to as “the budget man.”

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