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Candidate’s residency questioned

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

The Summit County Clerk’s Office has torpedoed an effort by incumbent Utah Representative Mel Brown to have one of his challengers disqualified from the race for House Seat 53.

Late last week Brown, and four other registered voters in the District filed an objection to the candidacy of Wanship resident John Zimmerman who also filed to run against Brown on the Republican ticket, claiming he did not live within the District’s boundaries.

Zimmerman said he owns a farmhouse in Heber but it is his second home and his primary residence is in Wanship.

"We lived in the farmhouse while building our cabin in Tollgate and then due to the economy we decided not to sell the farmhouse," he said. "However, we live in our house in Tollgate full time and it is listed as our primary residence."

Zimmerman said he suspects the objection was an attempt on Brown’s part to distract from the real issues of the campaign and called it "groundless."

"I went and met with Kent Jones on Thursday and he told me the investigation was complete and there were no grounds to remove me from the ballot."

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Brown (R-Coalville) told The Park Record that he had a suspicion about Zimmerman’s primary residence and felt it was his responsibility to file an objection.

"It was an objection, not a complaint," Brown said. "It was determined there was no basis to remove him so he will continue to be a candidate. The county clerk resolved it and we can drop it at that."

Brown is running for his 9th term in the House and if he fails to gain 60 percent delegate support at the Republican State Nominating Convention on April 21, he will be forced into a primary on June 26.