Campaign antics on both sides of the county
Park City Council candidate Roger Harlan this week confirmed the names of the owners of a company that contributed $1,000 to his campaign. When Harlan was unable to identify who owns the business JUBO L.C., when contacted last week, his opponent in the City Council race, Mark Blue, blasted him for accepting the donation. According to Utah’s Division of Corporations and Commercial Code, Silver Summit residents Robert and Judith Marasco own JUBO. "[Harlan] is a friend, but, I’m the kind of guy that likes to keep a low profile," Robert Marasco told The Park Record Tuesday. He owns a building lot in Jeremy Ranch but owns no land and has no business interests in Park City, added Marasco, a retired Snyderville Basin resident. "I don’t see anywhere where our paths would cross within the politics of Park City Municipal other than just friendship," Harlan said. "I don’t feel any string attached & he lives in the county, number one. Number two, he’s a retired guy." After learning that Harlan was unfamiliar with JUBO, Marasco said he contacted the candidate over the weekend to explain his contribution. "The guy’s got a great heart and I appreciate it," Harlan said, adding that he and Marasco serve on the Park City Academy’s board of trustees. "[Marasco] feels terrible. If this in anyway reflects ill on me he takes full responsibility." But Harlan, who cashed the mysterious check, concedes that comments made to the media about the contribution did little by way of damage control. "Boy, I wish I got $1,000," Blue said Tuesday. "I was just surprised that he just took the money and cashed the check." Marasco said he started JUBO, a limited liability company, to help manage his family’s finances. Last week, Harlan had significantly outspent Blue and incumbent Park City Councilor Jim Hier. The three are competing for two council seats. Since filing a campaign-finance disclosure statement Nov. 1, Harlan planned to purchase several hundred dollars worth of newspaper advertisements touting his candidacy. He said he expected to spend several thousand dollars campaigning for office. Meanwhile, Coalville was experiencing its share of political antics in October. Coalville resident Marc Brostrom says he replaced several campaign signs for mayoral candidate Duane Schmidt after vandals removed them from his yard on 100 North. "I think it was some kids who thought that Duane was a jerk," said Brostrom, an eight-year Coalville resident. "I think that’s why we don’t let kids vote." He is unsure whether the vandals are linked to Schmidt’s opponent, Rex Smith. Smith has not returned several telephone calls seeking comment about his campaign. "We had the (Schmidt) signs up for maybe two weeks and then they got taken down," Brostrom said, adding that two more were then posted in his yard. "And then they both got ripped down Halloween night. So, I stuck one up on a telephone pole, about 8, 10 feet in the air and then that one got ripped down." Eventually, his wife Karen posted one on the inside windshield of their pickup truck and locked the doors, Brostrom said. "We were anti-signs," Brostrom said about the couple’s attitude during Coalville’s last mayoral election in 2001. "But & Rex Smith, he isn’t going to do anything for the community." "There’s been a lot of nepotism and old boys’ network going on for so long," Brostrom said about Coalville politics. "[Smith] thinks it’s his turn now & He doesn’t have any of the expertise or anything to be in that office." Along with mayoral and council races in Park City and Coalville, voters in Henefer, Oakley, Kamas and Francis also were expected to elect officers Tuesday. The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, South Summit Fire District and Silver Creek Service Area No. 3 also were poised to elect board members.
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