One of Box Elder County’s most powerful voices in the Utah House of Representatives, Ronda Rudd Menlove, recently announced her decision to not seek re-election in 2014.
In a prepared statement, Menlove said she based her decision on the fact that her focus has changed as her family has grown and she wants to concentrate on them.
“It has been a true honor representing the residents of Box Elder County in the Utah House of Representatives for the past ten years,” she wrote of her District 1 seat. “I appreciate the confidence and trust that the voters have placed in me during my time of service.
“With a changing and growing family (10 new grandchildren in the past six years!), it is time for me to focus my efforts on family, work and other service opportunities.”
Menlove said it was a difficult decision to make, even though she was adamant when she first filed for office that politics would not consume her life. “I made it clear from the start that I was not a career politician,” she said. “I feel it is time to end while I am still doing a good job.”
Her political constituents are quick to agree that her work on the hill has not only benefitted those in her district, but the entire state. District 2 Representative Lee Perry said he was always impressed with Menlove and her commitment to those she serves. “ I appreciate all the time and service she put in,” he said. “She always gave a hundred and ten percent. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. She leaves big shoes to be filled.”