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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Those vying in a Republican primary in state House District 53 will speak to Summit County residents Wednesday at a candidate forum at Cattleman’s Hall, 911 W. Center Street in Oakley. The forum begins at 7 p.m.

Republicans and Democrats are holding separate primaries and voters will be required to identify which party’s ballot they would like.

The forum will feature the two Republicans in District 53, incumbent state Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville, and Wanship Republican Jon Hellander. The winner of the GOP primary will face Park City Democrat Glenn Wright in the November election.

The Summit County Republican Party is sponsoring the candidate forum. District 53 includes areas of Summit, Wasatch, Rich, Daggett and Morgan counties.

Meanwhile, the only primary race for Democrats in Summit County is in state House District 25, which includes much of the Snyderville Basin. Joel Briscoe and Anthony Kaye are the two Salt Lake City Democrats facing off in District 25. The winner of the primary will face Salt Lake Republican Rick Raile on Election Day.

Republicans can also vote in the U.S. Senate primary. Mike Lee faces Tim Bridgewater for the GOP nomination to fill the seat currently held by Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah. There are also nonpartisan school board races in the Kamas and Coalville areas.

Voters must show ID

The early-voting period is underway and voters must show a government-issued photo identification to cast ballots. Early voting for the June 22 primary election runs until June 18.

Voters may show a valid Utah driver license, photo identification issued by the federal government, a Utah concealed-weapon permit, U.S. passport or tribal ID card, Chief Deputy Summit County Clerk Ryan Cowley said.

Or they may show two of the following: current utility bill, bank or financial statement, certified birth certificate, Social Security card, check issued by the state or federal government, paycheck from voter’s employer, current Utah hunting or fishing license, current U.S. military ID card, certified naturalization document, current valid license issued by a federal agency, certified copy of court records showing adoption name change, Bureau of Indian Affairs card, Medicaid or Medicare card, current ID card issued by a local government in Utah and a current valid vehicle registration. At least one of these must list the voter’s current home address.

Touch-screen machines have been set up in Coalville, Kamas, Park City and the Snyderville Basin. Voting hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who registered to vote at least 30 days prior to June 22 may cast ballots early at these locations:

Summit County Courthouse, 60 N. Main Street in Coalville

Kamas City Hall, 170 N. Main Street in Kamas

Marsac Building, 445 Marsac Avenue in Park City

Sheldon Richins Building, 6505 N. Landmark Drive

Voters who are unable to show proper identification may cast provisional ballots. Following the election they will have about five days to present ID the to the Summit County clerk for their votes to count.

Only Republicans can vote in the closed GOP primary. Any voter can vote in the Democratic primary.

For more information, call 435-336-3204.

New ordinance cracks down on pet owners

An ordinance recently approved by the Summit County Council requires those with four or more dogs or cats to apply for a permit from the planning department to keep that many pets at their home.

After voting to approve new rules on May 26, several councilpersons began having second thoughts. They discussed the new ordinance at a work session June 9.

But councilpersons ultimately chose not to rescind the new requirements. The Snyderville Basin Development Code now requires pet owners with four or more dogs or cats to obtain a conditional use permit from Summit County.

A code enforcement officer may cite those who violate the new ordinance.

"If you want to not get cited again, get a commercial permit," Summit County Manager Bob Jasper said.

Pet owners with several animals can have the same impact on a neighborhood as a commercial kennel, Summit County planner Kimber Gabryszak said.

"We’re dealing with people who may have a ton of dogs and they don’t clean up their dog stuff," Jasper said.

Pets are exempt from the new planning ordinance until they are about six months old. Animals used in agriculture are also exempt.

The Eastern Summit County Development Code already required residents on the East Side to obtain conditional use permits when housing four or more dogs or cats at their homes.

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