The Latest: Stanard resigns to spend time with ailing father

February 7, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of a Utah lawmaker (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

A Utah lawmaker says he unexpectedly resigned from the Legislature Tuesday night to spend time with his father who has terminal cancer.

Republican Jon Stanard from St. George told The Associated Press in a text message Wednesday that he is going to spend a few weeks out of state with his father while he can.

Stanard spoke about his father’s cancer in 2016 at an event at Salt Lake City’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. Stanard said his father was rushed to the institute after his doctors in Montana weren’t able to perform the right tests on a tumor in his throat.


11:45 a.m.

Republican Utah lawmaker Jon Stanard has unexpectedly resigned from the Legislature.

House Speaker Greg Hughes announced Wednesday morning that the representative from St. George resigned Tuesday night “due to personal and family concerns.”

Hughes did not offer details but said legislators are honoring Stanard’s request for privacy and wish him the best.

House Chief of Staff Greg Hartley said in a text message that Stanard was not facing any kind of legislative investigation or disciplinary action.

Stanard did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment Wednesday.

He was first elected in 2012.

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