Full slate of political races on the East Side
July 2, 2009
Council seats and mayoral posts on the ballot in five cities and towns on the East Side should draw more candidates next week.
The 10-day window opened Wednesday for people to officially enter races in Henefer, Coalville, Oakley, Kamas and Francis. If needed, a primary election could happen Sept. 15. The general election is scheduled Nov. 3.
Four incumbent councilpersons could face challenges in Coalville. On the ballot are two four-year seats belonging to Ron Boyer and RaNae Crittenden and two two-year seats that Andrea Hewson and David Vernon recently filled.
Hewson and Vernon were appointed to replace former Councilpersons Brent Scholes and Trisha Beames, who retired this year.
Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt has said he will campaign for another term. No candidates in Coalville had filed as of Thursday morning.
Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard will also campaign in November.
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"I’ll give it anther shot," Ovard said in a telephone interview Thursday.
Ovard is nearing the end of his first term as mayor after defeating an incumbent as a write-in candidate in 2005.
Four-year council seats for incumbent councilmen Brent Ovard and Kay Richins are also on the ballot.
Richins said he will run again, Ovard said, adding that Ovard is also considering campaigning for another council term.
Nobody had declared their candidacy in Henefer as of Thursday morning, the mayor said.
In Oakley, Mayor Blake Frazier said he might campaign again this year.
"I think it’s possible," Frazier said Thursday.
Two four-year Oakley City Council seats held by Bob Elbert and Tiny Woolstenhulme are also on the ballot.
On Thursday, Frazier said he was not aware of anybody who had declared their candidacy in Oakley. Elbert and Woolstenhulme were not immediately available for comment.
In Kamas, Mayor Lew Marchant declared on Wednesday that he will seek a third term. Nobody had filed to oppose Marchant as of Thursday morning.
Kamas resident Thomas Snyder declared himself Wednesday as a candidate for City Council. On the ballot are four-year council seats held by Rod Smith and Diane Atkinson.
"I’m still deciding," Atkinson said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I probably will (run.)"
Smith was not immediately available for comment.
Francis Mayor John Bergen said he will not seek another term this year and nobody had declared themselves a candidate for mayor as of Thursday morning.
Four-year Francis council seats held by John Keyes and Tim Butikofer are on the ballot in November, said Lynette Hallam, a Francis clerk.
Candidates may also contest a two-year seat held by Lorin Prescott. Prescott, Butikofer and Keyes were not immediately available for comment.
No candidates in Francis had filed as of Thursday morning, Hallam said.