Filing window for candidates is only a few weeks away |

Filing window for candidates is only a few weeks away

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The window for those interested in running for public office opens in less than three weeks. The period for filing the necessary paperwork to become a candidate starts March 12 and continues through March 19.

"Anybody that is going to file for an office that is up for election this year has to come in and file the declaration of candidacy," Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said. "They can’t do it until that window."

Many offices this year are up for grabs, Jones said.

Campaigns are already underway in the most closely watched races. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert is seeking re-election. As is U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah. The congressional seat belonging to Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, will also be on the ballot in November.

And voters will elect county officials and state legislators in partisan races Nov. 2.

There are two, four-year Summit County Council terms on the ballot this year. Republican Councilman David Ure and Democrat Councilman Chris Robinson have announced that they will seek re-election.

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"I hope that there will be good candidates from all over the county running," Robinson said.

The Summit County assessor, clerk, auditor, treasurer, recorder, sheriff and attorney have no term limits and will also be on the ballot this year.

The Republicans already have a full slate of candidates, Summit County GOP Chairman Henry Glasheen said.

"The Republican Party has four extremely strong candidates that will make these county races very, very competitive," Glasheen said in a telephone interview.

According to Glasheen, Ryan Stouffer has plans to run for county recorder. Richard Motto intends to run for county clerk and Rob Hunt has announced that he will campaign for county assessor.

Meanwhile, Glasheen said he will run for county treasurer. Republican Summit County Treasurer Glen Thompson has announced his plans to retire this year.

Republican candidates should not expect to receive financial support from the local party, Glasheen said.

"I tell people, do not plan on getting any funds from the party and do not plan on having a really easy time raising money out there in the public," Glasheen said.

Democrats target sheriff

With most elected offices in Summit County held by Democrats, the County Democratic Party is targeting Republican Sheriff Dave Edmunds in 2010.

Two Democrats are interested in running for sheriff, said Glenn Wright, chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party. Edmunds has announced that he will seek re-election to a third term.

But the sheriff’s candidacy is vulnerable, Wright said in a telephone interview.

"Whoever gets our nomination I expect is going to put up a very good race and may end up being the favorite in the November election," Wright said.

Democrat Dax Shane has announced that he plans to run for sheriff. Wright would not disclose the name of the other Democrat who has expressed interested in running.

"There is a pretty good groundswell that things aren’t maybe the way they should be with regard to the sheriff’s department," Wright said. "I’ve heard some complaints from citizens that some of the attitude from the sheriff’s department is not always community friendly. The attitude of law enforcement needs to be a little kinder and gentler toward the citizens of Summit County."

"I have also heard that in years past there has been some pressure in the department to support Edmunds, and I don’t think that is appropriate," Wright said.

Meanwhile, three Democrats have expressed interest in running for treasurer, Wright said.

"The treasurer has been an incumbent Republican for a good number of years now and people are seeing an opportunity to move into an important county position," Wright said.

Those interested in filing to run for office should contact the Summit County Clerk’s Office at 615-3203 for more information about the necessary filing fees.