Democrat Chavez-Houck may not retire in 2018, mulling a bid to replace Dabakis in the Utah Senate

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” – Michael Corleone, Godfather III

After a decade on the Hill, Salt Lake City Democrat Rebecca Chavez-Houck was set to walk away from the Utah Legislature this year. Now, she’s reconsidering that plan in the wake of Sen. Jim Dabakis’s surprise announcement on Tuesday that he would not run for re-election in 2018. caught up with Chavez-Houck on Wednesday morning where she confirmed she’s taking a hard look at the Senate seat being vacated by Dabakis.

“I’m thinking about it,” said Chavez-Houck. “I haven’t made any concrete decisions yet, but I am strongly considering it.”

Four of the five Democrats in the Senate are up for election this year. The three remaining incumbents have all filed their intent to gather signatures to secure a place on this year’s ballot.

SD2 is considered a Democratic stronghold as it consists of the Avenues, the area surrounding the University of Utah and the east side of Downtown Salt Lake City.