Coalville ballot is full
June 30, 2015
The Coalville City Council candidates want to be the change they see in their city, which is why so many are running for city council.
Ten people filed campaign paperwork at the city’s offices before the June 8 deadline, including three incumbents, forcing a primary election in August to narrow the field down for each seat before the General Municipal Election in November.
Three four-year seats, held by Jodie Coleman, Steven Richins and Arlin Judd, and one two-year seat, held by Adrianne Anson, will be on the ballot in Coalville. Coalville has a five-member board.
- The following people filed for four-year terms:
- Adrianne Anson, incumbent
- Walter Brock
- Arlin B. Judd, incumbent
- Steven Richins, incumbent
- Tyler J. Rowser
- Carlos J. Tavares, Jr.
- Colby G. Willoughby
- And for one two-year term, made available by the resignation of Cuyler Scates:
- Cody Blonquist
- Merlyn W. Johnson
- Edward Keyes
Long-time residents and incumbents Arlin B. Judd and Steven Richins are each seeking reelection to their four-year seats. If Judd secures his seat for another term, it will be the fourth term he has served with the City Council.
Originally "on the fence" about running again, Judd said he decided that he still had "some things that I could offer" to help the city to keep progressing.
"I just have some concerns about Coalville and I don’t see it changing much," he said. "The changes I see in our business community are that it’s shrinking instead of growing.
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"I thought I would still like to offer my knowledge and experience and see if we can make things a little better here," he added. "Things are stagnant and it really stymies us. I don’t know how we get around that, but I’d like to part of the process to try and figure it out."
Incumbent Steven Richins, also a resident since birth, said he, too, has some concerns about the city. Richins has served four consecutive terms on the City Council and served for one term previously from 1978 to 1982.
Richins said he would like to stay involved and see some projects that he’s been involved with to the end.
"We’re trying to get some water issues solved and we’re finishing up the new waste water treatment plant," Richins said. "I’d be interested in staying here and keeping things going and continuing the activities we’ve gotten started."
Merlyn Johnson, former city mayor and City Council member, said the city "has done some wonderful things" in recent years.
"I praise the mayor and City Council for what they do," he said. "But it seems we’ve gotten to the point where we aren’t working together anymore."
However, Johnson said he has the experience to change that and will only need two years to do it.
"I think I can get a lot accomplished in two years if I make it," he said.
Colby Willoughby, who is running for a four-year seat, grew up in Coalville and as a local business owner, said he wants to make sure his interests and that of fellow business owners are maintained, suggesting he’d like to see more businesses in the city.
Willoughby, who is 24 years old, said he can offer a fresh, new voice to the council, which has been predominantly run by more seasoned residents.
"I don’t mean to discriminate on age," he said. "I’m just a business owner wanting to make sure my generation continues to grow and develop Coalville, but maintain that small-town feel."
Willoughby has not held public office before, but said he sought out the opportunity to become more involved with the city and to "help it stay in the direction that it’s going."
Tyler Rowser, North Summit Fire District’s public information officer and chairman of the Coalville City Planning Commission, said he is seeking a seat on City Council because he wants, first and foremost, to improve the relationship between the city and law-enforcement officials.
"My first concern with Coalville is the lack of law enforcement with the city," he said. "I think we should be working better with the county and shouldn’t be so lackadaisical about our public safety."
Rowser said he is also interested in bringing some "new economic development" to the city. If elected, Rowser would resign from his position on the Planning Commission.
Edward Keyes is attempting to enter the public sector with his bid for the two-year seat. The two-year, currently held by Adrianne Anson, became available after Cuyler Scates resigned earlier this year.
Keyes, like his fellow candidates, said he "just felt there needs to be a change in the way things are running" in the city. Keyes failed to highlight any specific issues he’d like to focus on, instead saying he’d like to see "an overall change."
Anson, Blonquist, Brock and Tavares did not return messages left by The Park Record by press time.
The diverse candidate field will provide voters with several options on the primary ballot in August. Whoever voters choose will be tasked with overseeing the completion of a new waste water treatment plant and the potential relocation of the Summit County Fair.
The four new City Council members will join Mayor Trever Johnson, elected in November 2014, and Council member Rodney Robbins, whose seat is not on the ballot.
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