Few candidates have filed on the East Side
July 14, 2007
A possible primary election is taking shape in Oakley where on Friday five candidates had filed to seek three seats on the Oakley City Council.
On the ballot in the South Summit town on Nov. 6 are seats that belong to Ron Bowen, DelRay Hatch and Craig Rydalch. As of Friday, Bowen and Hatch had each filed campaign papers seeking another term.
Newcomers Lorrie Hoggan, Wade Woolstenhulme and Eric Rose have also declared their candidacies in Oakley.
"I’m not afraid to do what people want to see done," said Rose, who is an electrician and has lived in Oakley for about eight years.
Originally from Tremonton, Rose says he understands country life.
"I’m from a small, agriculture community," Rose said. "Oakley is a great place to live and I’d like to keep that agricultural — that small town feel. But, at the same time, there is still that growth that you’ve got to take care of."
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He would likely support building a secondary irrigation system in Oakley to relieve strain on the culinary water supply.
"With the growth, you’ve got to take care of your culinary water so people have water to drink," Rose said. "But at the same time you want your community to be beautiful."
Rose, who is an electrician in Summit County, faces a challenge from Wade Woolstenhulme, who is the principal at South Summit Middle School. Woolstenhulme wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Hoggan, who works as a paralegal, hopes to defeat both men to lead the city of roughly 1,200 people.
She supports redeveloping the old rodeo grounds in Oakley into businesses.
"There is a diner coming in, which is going to be great," said Hoggan, a lifelong resident of Oakley. "[Oakley] is a bedroom community, but we need to have a little bit more growth so the kids who live there could maybe have an opportunity to work there."
Meanwhile, in Kamas, where 1,500 people reside, only incumbent councilors Kevan Todd and Dan Littledyke had filed campaign papers as of Friday.
Seats held by Todd, Littledyke and Emmitt McNeil are on the ballot.
McNeil isn’t expected to seek another term in November.
Todd said helping to complete the design of commercial development along State Road 248 is a major reason he is seeking a second term on the Kamas City Council. Businesses like JANS, Weller Recreation and a doctor’s office will likely locate to the city, he said.
"I enjoy the other four council members and the mayor," said Todd, a member of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team who sometimes wears his long blond hair in a ponytail. "I think a lot of people look at me with the long hair and then once they meet me, it’s like, appearance isn’t everything."
Littledyke wasn’t immediately available to comment.
Meanwhile, whoever is elected to serve on the Coalville City Council could face a new proposal from landowner Ian Cumming for a roughly 300-home subdivision in the town of 1,400 people.
On Friday, nobody had filed campaign papers seeking seats held by Brent Scholes, Steven Richins and Joan Judd. Scholes and Richins recently told The Park Record they hadn’t decided whether to campaign again.
Judd says she won’t seek a fourth term after serving 12 years on the Coalville City Council.
"Unbelievable," Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said about the lack of candidates in the city. "If you want to complain, now is a chance for you to make a difference."
According to Schmidt, "Coalville is on the cusp of something really good or really bad."
"There are some big issues here, but I think if people will step up and file and come to work with us, we could get some great things accomplished," Schmidt said.
In Henefer, where almost 750 people live, nobody had filed for two council seats on Friday.
"They always play their cards close to the vest here," said Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard, who doesn’t expect any candidates to file until Monday. "I’ve had one individual express interest."
Seats on the Henefer Town Council held by Bruce Rowser and Douglas Paskett, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered last spring, will be on the November ballot.
At the south end of Summit County, Francis Town Council seats that belong to Rex Hallam, Dusty Hatch and Greg Averett will be on the ballot Nov. 6. Averett and newcomers Teri Ekstrom and Fred Smith have filed campaign papers.
Lynette Hallam, a clerk in Francis, said Rex Hallam and Hatch won’t likely run again. Almost 900 people live in Francis, according to census.gov.