It was rumored during the day on Wednesday, but it became a reality when state representative Ed Redd, R-District 4, told Jason Williams on KVNU’s For the People program that he will not seek re-election in District 4 next year.
“I’ve looked at the time I’ve spent in the legislature, it’s been just an amazing experience. I’ve learned an awful lot; I think I’ve been able to contribute some too. But I’ve developed a health condition that’s going to require some pretty intensive treatment in the next couple years. I don’t know exactly when,” he explained.
“I just feel like it’s better for me not to be in an office when that has to happen because I’d probably have to resign. I don’t really want to resign in the middle of a term.”
Redd, who is a local physician with Bear River Health Department, would not elaborate on the medical condition he’s dealing with. He said while he’s served in the legislature, one of the things he’s been pleased with is trying to provide a voice for people with severe mental illness, who often times are not heard because they might be in a condition where they can’t go to the state capitol and tell people what problems they’re going through. He did say he will continue in his full-time medical work.
“I still work full time as a physician for the health department and (they) have contracted me out to the jail where I am right now taking care of inmates. And they contract me out to Bear River Mental Health where I take care of people with severe mental illness.
“I also work in the community health center over in Tremonton for low income and uninsured people that don’t have a lot of access to health care. So I’m still going to be doing that as long as I possibly can,” Redd said.
He said that his treatments, whenever they do start, may take him away from his work, hopefully, for just a couple months. Redd was first elected to the Legislature in 2012.