Utah Rep. Brad Last, a longtime Republican lawmaker from Hurricane, will face a primary challenge from Mark Borowiak, also from Hurricane, after a close race between the two Saturday at the GOP state convention in West Valley City.

Last, who has served in the Legislature since 2003, is the longest-tenured of the area lawmakers who make up the “Sunshine Caucus.” He won 53 percent of the delegate vote compared with Borowiak’s 47 percent — well short of the 60 percent threshold to win the convention nomination outright.

Now the two will need to earn party support at the June 26 primary, when registered Republicans from across wide-ranging District 71 are eligible to cast a ballot.

The winner would move on to face Democrat Chuck Goode of St. George in the November general election.

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Chuck Goode (left) and Utah Rep. Brad Last, candidates for House District 71, debate during a candidate forum in 2016 at Dixie State University. (Photo: Spectrum & Daily News file photo)

District 71 covers the eastern side of Washington County. It includes Hurricane and other communities along the state Route 9 corridor on the way to Zion National Park and then stretches north into Iron County all the way to Parowan.

Because the district includes parts of more than one county, the race for the Republican nomination ran through the state convention rather than local county conventions.

Borowiak represents the first Republican challenger to Last this decade. In Last’s 2016 bid for re-election, he ran unopposed for the Republican nomination and then beat Goode in the general election with 82 percent of the vote.

Last, who works as vice president of development for Dixie State University, chairs the Executive Appropriations Committee in the Utah House and sits on two committees related to education.

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