Former Park City Councilman Alex Butwinski officially filed for county auditor on Wednesday. Butwinski, who lost his re-election bid for City Council last
Former Park City Councilman Alex Butwinski officially filed for county auditor on Wednesday. Butwinski, who lost his re-election bid for City Council last November, will run as a Democrat. (Park Record file photo)

Former Park City Council member Alex Butwinski has officially entered the race for county auditor. Butwinski's name had been tossed around as a potential for the position and he made his intent public during Tuesday's Summit County Democratic Party Caucus in Park City.

"I know I can do the job. I ran my own business for many years," Butwinski said. "That gives me a financial background that will be helpful."

The county auditor race will not feature an incumbent this November. Long time auditor and former Oakley mayor Blake Frazier (D) previously announced he will not seek re-election.

Scot Carlson, a Park City resident and Black Diamond's Vice President of Acquisitions, was the first to file for auditor last Friday. Carlson, who has 23 years of professional financial experience, will also run on the Democratic ticket.

Michael Howard, a former Summit County treasurer, is also planning to file for the auditor position under the Democratic ticket, according to county party chair Glenn Wright.

Butwinski, who has lived in Park City since 1999, lost his bid for re-election to the Park City Council last November. He said he is excited for this new opportunity to get involved in county government.

"It's new blood, new perspective," Butwinski said. "Bringing new eyes and new thoughts to elected positions [is important]."

No Republicans had filed for county auditor as of mid-day Wednesday, though county GOP chair Tal Adair said he has heard that some within his party have shown interest in running.

The filing window for federal, state, county and school board candidates officially closes this Thursday at 5 p.m. Those interested can file at the County Clerk's Office, located in the Summit County Courthouse at 60 N. Main Street in Coalville. For more information, contact Clerk Kent Jones at 435-336-3203 or via kentjones@summitcounty.org.