Wilde begins state house campaign, becomes first health department chairman from Morgan

Wilde begins state house campaign, becomes first health department chairman from Morgan

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The face of the Morgan County Council will be changing in 2017, and so, too, may Morgan County’s representative at the Utah House of Representatives.
Morgan County Council Chairman Logan Wilde filed his “declaration of intent” with the Utah lieutenant governor’s office, kicking off a signature-gathering campaign for the Utah State House District 53 seat that is set to conclude March 17 with at least 1,000 signatures.  Wilde intends to formally file as a candidate in the March 11-17 time frame.
But setting his sights on a house of representative seat means he will not be filing for re-election to the Morgan County Council, leaving his four-year, at-large seat open for a new candidate.
“I can only run for one position, so hopefully other people will put their name forward for the county council,” Wilde said.
Those interested in filling that spot can begin filing for the position on March 11.  Two other county council positions will be on the November ballot, including four-year terms in District 3 and District 4.
“I am stirring up business left and right,” Wilde said of his signature gathering.  “I am starting to get things together right now.”
For now, he is remaining tight-lipped about his campaign and why he chose to seek a two-year seat on the Utah House of Representatives.  Currently, Melvin R. Brown holds the District 53 seat Wilde is seeking to represent Morgan, Summit, Duchesne, Rich and Daggett counties.
Wilde, a Croydon rancher, began serving on the Morgan County Council in 2013 while also serving as a Croydon Pipeline company board member and managing partner of M.R. Wilde and Sons.  He also served on the Morgan Conservation District and the Utah Conservation Commission as a legislative contact.
Brown has served as a legislator for 22 years.
Seth Winterton has also filed intent to run for the house seat.  He is currently owner of Seth Winterton Development, working to create a new grocery store in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, according to his LinkedIn account.  He has served as deputy director of marketing for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food for 28 years, as well as participated in the Utah’s Own project that encourages residents to buy local.
Brown, Wilde and Winterton are scheduled to all be on hand at the Morgan County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Morgan High School.  Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox, Congressman Rob Bishop, State Auditor John Dougall, State Treasurer David Damschen, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, State Senator Alan Christensen and State Senator Ann Millner also plan to attend, along with Jonathon Johnson, who is running for governor.
While finishing out his county council term and collecting signatures for his upcoming state campaign, Wilde will be busy serving as Morgan County’s first chairman of the Weber Morgan Health Department since at least 2002.  Tina Kelley, former county council chairman, served as the health department’s vice chair, as did Morgan resident Jackie Hulet.
The health board is made up of 11 members, a mix of both elected officials and citizens at large.  They elect their chairman among themselves.
“We are excited to have him,” said Lori Buttars, the department’s public information officer.

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