Full slate of political races on the East Side
July 17, 2009
There are no municipal primary elections slated this year in eastern Summit County. The window for candidates to file declaration forms closed Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Election Day is Nov. 3.
Candidates rushed the last day to file paperwork to campaign in nonpartisan mayoral and council races in Francis, Kamas, Oakley, Coalville and Henefer.
Oakley Mayor Blake Frazier and Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard are each running unopposed. Frazier is finishing his first four-year term after he was appointed to replace former Mayor Paul Woolstenhulme who retired about six years ago.
Ovard, who was elected four years ago as a write-in candidate, will campaign this year for a second term. Francis Mayor John Bergen is the only mayor in Summit County who did not seek re-election this year.
Francis Town Councilman R. Lee Snelgrove, who has two years left in his council term, is the only person campaigning this year to be Francis mayor.
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Meanwhile, incumbent Mayor Lew Marchant wants a third term in office, but faces a challenge in Kamas from political newcomer Jeff Lawrence.
In Coalville, Mayor Duane Schmidt will campaign for a second term against former Coalville Mayor Merlyn Johnson, who was in office mostly in the 1990s.
The most significant changes to city government might come this year in Coalville, which is a city of nearly 1,400 people. Four Coalville City Council seats are on this year’s ballot.
Incumbent Coalville City Councilpersons Andrea Hewson and David Vernon each are campaigning for two four-year council seats. Coalville City Councilman Ron Boyer, Denise Smith and Christopher Brundy are running for two two-year council seats.
In Henefer, incumbent Town Councilmen Kay Richins and Brent Ovard filed for re-election. Nobody else is campaigning for two four-year Henefer council seats.
But write-in candidates in Henefer have succeeded in the past, Mayor Randy Ovard explained.
"Henefer is unique in that a write-in can happen," the mayor said. "Even though just three have signed up, that does not mean a thing. Any of the three can be challenged. Any of the three could be beat."
In Oakley, incumbent City Councilmen Bob Elbert and Tiny Woolstenhulme are each seeking re-election. With two four-year seats on the ballot, the incumbents face a challenge from Oakley resident Alton Frazier.
Three candidates will square off for two four-year seats on the Kamas City Council. Incumbent City Councilpersons Diane Atkinson and Rod Smith are each seeking additional terms.
They are challenged by political newcomer Thomas Snyder.
In Francis, there are two four-year seats and one two-year seat on the ballot in November. Rae Prescott and incumbent Francis Town Councilman Lorin Prescott will vie for the two-year term.
The four people competing with each other for two four-year seats on the Francis Town Council include: Tal Adair, H. Gio Melendez, Gene Atkinson and Kristi M. Major.