State Rep. Gage Froerer confirmed to UtahPolicy on Wednesday that he’s considering running for the Weber County Commission next year and retiring from the House, where he has served in District 8 since 2006.
Froerer, R-Huntsville, said he will make his decision and announcement likely in early February, during the 2018 general legislative session.
Froerer is considered a mainstream, or more moderate, legislator.
By profession, a real estate broker and property manager, Froerer in recent years has been one of the leaders in a movement to legalize medical marijuana in Utah – running several bills that have failed to pass.
Froerer – with the retirement of Sen. Mark Madsen, a Utah County Republican – was expected to introduce a medical marijuana legalization bill last session.
But he stood aside to support a measure calling for more research on the benefits of legalizing non-smoking marijuana for the use in treating a number of illnesses.
Froerer told UtahPolicy that if he decides to run for Weber County Commission he would push a study of changing the county’s current form of government.
In recent years a number of larger counties have studied or voted to change their form of government from the old three-member commission – where full-time elected officials are both executives and lawmakers at the same time – to a county mayor/council form of government – where the mayor runs the executive branch and part-time council members pass budgets and laws.
Froerer is the current House chair of the Infrastructure and General Government budget committee.