Utah Democrats select Lynn Hemingway to represent District 40

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SALT LAKE CITY — Lynn Hemingway is returning to the Utah Legislature, filling a seat vacated after its former occupant pleaded guilty to communications fraud.

Wednesday, the Democratic Party elected Hemingway to replace former Rep. Justin Miller, who resigned after pleading guilty to communications fraud.

Hemingway last served in the Utah House in 2014, and now he will be representing his old constituency once more, District 40. Hemingway had left office to move to southern Utah, but he told FOX 13 earlier this year his relocation plans had changed.

“With what has happened with the seat, I felt that I would like to try to get it back,” he said in October. “Because I feel like I can make a difference.”

Wednesday’s special election must be approved by Gov. Gary Herbert before Hemingway can be sworn in. Hemingway said in October he believed his experience would allow him to be effective from day one.

“With my experience and my record, if I go back there’s no training period,” he said. “I’m ready to go the day I walk through the door.”