Sen. Margaret Dayton retires from the Utah Senate

Sen. Margaret Dayton announced Thursday she is resigning from the Utah Senate in June after serving in the legislature for 22 years.

Dayton had filed for re-election even though she was facing a challenge from Republicans Rep. Keith Grover and Emily Ellsworth. She is withdrawing from the election and resigning due to medical issues.

In a statement Dayton said, “I appreciate the citizens of District 15. I have been fortunate to share and represent their strong conservative values. Whether running for office or voting on legislation, my focus has always been supporting the Constitution of the United States and maintaining the family as the fundamental unit of society. 

“While tearful about leaving the legislature, I will forever be thankful for the support of my amazing husband and family, and my loyal friends and constituents.”

Dayton unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination in last year’s special Congressional election in the 3rd District, losing at the convention to Chris Herrod.