Utah Rep. Dixon Pitcher won't seek re-election, Ogden lawyer to vie for spot

Thursday , February 15, 2018 - 5:00 AM

OGDEN — Ogden lawyer Lorraine Brown plans to run for the District 10 seat in the Utah House, a post now held by Republican Dixon Pitcher, who’s not seeking re-election.

The Ogden woman has thought about running “for years,” she said, and on learning Pitcher wouldn’t seek re-election, decided to make a bid. Brown, a Republican, filed her intent this week with the Weber County Election Office to gather signatures to secure a place on the GOP primary ballot and will also seek a primary spot at the Weber County Republican Party convention on April 14.

The increasing difficulties of seniors in making ends meet with limited retirement funds is a big focus of hers as well as families. “I see fracturing families increasing, solo parents trying to raise kids,” she said Monday.

Brown, 59, has never run for elective office, though, as a lawyer, she’s worked with Pitcher on legislative proposals. The mother of 11, she spent many years raising her family and started practicing law 10 years ago. She now runs her own firm, Utah Legal Advocates, which handles business, family and employment law cases, among others.

Pitcher, finishing his fifth term in the Utah House, said he now has other goals. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving. It’s been a good run. I’ve got a lot done,” he said. “I’m 65 now and I’ve got other things I’d like to get done.”

Pitcher said he’s “thrilled” Brown is running for the District 10 spot, but that he won’t be endorsing any candidates. He suspects more will vie for the post.

District 10 covers south central Weber County, including parts of southern Ogden and South Ogden.

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