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Rep. Karen Kwan elected to fill seat left by Sen. Karen Mayne

Jan 16, 2023, 4:35 PM | Updated: 4:48 pm

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House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, hugs Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Murray, after Kwan’s resolution honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander communities passed unanimously in the House at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Democratic Party announced on Monday that Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Murray, was the Senator-elect for the Senate District 12 election. The announcement comes after Utah Democrats called a special election to find a replacement for Sen. Karen Mayne, who stepped down from her post at the beginning of January due to health problems.

Utah Democrats held the election on Sunday. In a press release, the group said voting went into Monday afternoon.

“While we are saddened by Senator Mayne’s resignation from the Senate, I am confident that Karen will continue her legacy of public service, and will fight just as hard for the west side as she did,” said Utah Democratic Party Chair Diane Lewis in the press release.

Kwan began serving as a Utah representative in 2027, serving District 34.

The Utah Democrats said it would call a special election to replace Kwan in the House of Representatives once her new appointment was made official by Gov. Spencer Cox.

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Rep. Karen Kwan elected to fill seat left by Sen. Karen Mayne