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Candidates face a deadline

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The filing window is closing soon for people who want to campaign for the Park City mayor’s office or one of the two Park City Council spots on the ballot.

People must file papers with City Hall by July 15. The hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. Candidate forms are available in the executive offices at Miners Hospital.

In order to be a candidate, a person must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. They also must have lived within the Park City limits for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the election and be a registered voter within the city.

Additional information is available at Miners Hospital or by calling Cindy LoPiccolo, who is City Hall’s election official, at 615-5186. Officials have compiled a packet of information about the election that is available from LoPiccolo as well. Information is also available on City Hall’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org. Select "2009 Park City Election Information’ from the scrolling list on the front page of the site.

The mayoral campaign had drawn three candidates through early Friday, with the incumbent, Dana Williams, facing competition from former Mayor Brad Olch and shuttle company owner Diania Turner. A primary will be scheduled in September to reduce the field of mayoral candidates to two for Election Day on Nov. 3.

Two people, Alex Butwinski and John Stafsholt, meanwhile, had submitted papers through early Friday to campaign for the City Council. If more than four people become City Council candidates, a September primary will be held to bring the number to four for Election Day.

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There has not been widespread chatter around Park City about this year’s campaign, and others have not publicized their intent to campaign for the mayor’s office or the City Council seats.

The politicking thus far has been kept to a minimum, with none of the candidates appearing to make inroads in the first weeks of the campaign.

Issues that are expected to be widely debated during the campaign include development, the economy, traffic and environmentalism.

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