Another Utah state senator plans to resign

Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland)

(KUTV) A Utah state senator says he plans to resign from the legislative body after the session concludes in March.

Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland) told 2News he and his family will move back to Virginia at the end of the school year, and he will not be able to finish his term representing Senate District 14.

"It's been great," said Jackson of his time in the Senate. "This is a great state. We're sorry to leave."

This comes as one of his colleagues, Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-West Jordan), plans to resign in January to take over as president of the Utah College of Applied Technology.

Jackson, a business development consultant, was picked by the Republican Party in 2014 to replace then-Sen. John Valentine who became chair of the Utah State Tax Commission. Jackson was set to face an election in 2016.

The lawmaker said he plans to focus on family as his parents, who live in the DC area, are getting older. Jackson's 17-year-old son, Frank, will also be living back east. He plans to join the Duke basketball team next season.

"I am grateful for my time in the Utah State Legislature and wish this state well, as it moves into the future," Jackson said in a statement on his website.

No candidates have come forward to publicly announce their intention to run for Jackson's seat. A special election would take place sometime next year.

As for Osmond's Senate District 10 seat, Rep. Rich Cunningham (R-South Jordan) announced to Republican Party delegates Friday he intends to run for the open spot.


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