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Democratic Rep. Patrice Arent announces retirement

Rep. Patrice Arent, one of the longest-serving Democratic members of the Utah Legislature — announced Thursday that she will not seek reelection this year to her House seat and instead will retire at the end of her current term.

In a prepared statement, Arent said it is time to move onto the next chapter of her life and that she looks forward to having more time to pursue her interests.

“I plan to spend more time on our spectacular ski slopes,” Arent, D-Millcreek, said. “I also want to travel more — not only to visit with family outside Utah but to explore new places.