New filings guarantee primary elections
Ryan Summerlin March 21, 2014
The filing window to run for Park City, North Summit and South Summit school board seats has now closed, and there are several seats in South Summit and Park City with more than two candidates. That guarantees a primary election this June.
In the Park City School District, Julie Nirula and Doug Payne filed to run for the Precinct 5 seat, which represents the neighborhoods of Lower Pinebrook, Pinebrook North, Summit Park East, Summit Park West, Upper Pinebrook and Wagon Wheel. They will face opponents Julie Eihausen and Edwin Lowsma.
J.J. Ehlers is the sole candidate for the Precinct 4 seat, which represents Bitner, Jeremy East and West, Kimball Canyon, Moose Hollow, and Lower and Upper Silvercreek.
South Summit School District
In South Summit, three candidates filed to run for the Precinct 5 seat, which represents the neighborhoods of South Summit South and South Summit West. Stephanie Waters, Lori Pearce and Debra Blazzard, all from Kamas, will face off in a primary.
Pearce has been on the South Summit School District Board of Education before, for eight years, and she said she is hoping to return to the board to help with the growth the district could face with a new housing development.
"That development by the Home Depot is closer to the Park City School District, but it is actually in the South Summit School District," she said. "If that development starts coming on board, South Summit is going to have to look at a new elementary school, new programs and new teachers. I would like to be part of the planning process."
Blazzard said her decision to run is based on the fact that she has 5 children in the South Summit school system, at least one child in each school. She wants to be more aware of what is going on and be a part of the decision-making process for issues that affect her children’s education.
"I just have an interest in making things better, because I live in this community and want to make the school district as great for our kids as I can," she said. "I want them to get the best education possible and be a part of that process."
Precinct 4 incumbent Steven Hardman of Kamas, Scott Simons of Peoa and Lisa Kay Farmer of Marion have filed to run for the Precinct 4 seat. Whoever is elected will represent the neighborhoods of Peoa, Weber Canyon and South Summit East.
"I chose to run for a seat on the Board of Education, because even though I believe our schools and teachers are wonderful, there is still room for improvement," Farmer said. "As a mother of 12 children that are in or will be in this school district, I have a vested interest in how it is running and want to ensure that my children, as well as those of my friends and neighbors, are provided the best education available."
North Summit School District
In the North Summit School District, only one person has filed to run for both the Precinct 4 and Precinct 5 seats. Kevin Orgill of Coalville will run for the Precinct 4 seat, which represents the neighborhoods of Chalk Creek and North Summit North.
Precinct 5 incumbent Vern Williams will run for re-election to once again represent the neighborhoods of Promontory Ridge and Wanship.
Summit County Deputy Clerk Kelly Robinson said their names will appear on the ballot even though they are unopposed. Anyone who wants to file as a write-in candidate running against either Orgill or Williams will have to do so 60 days in advance of election day.
Early voting will begin June 10 and end June 20 with the primary election day following on June 24.