It’s election season, unofficially, in Park City
Election season in Park City has started, at least unofficially.
It does not start officially, however, for more than a month.
Even as interest in this year’s City Hall campaign appears to be broadening, anyone who plans to mount a political campaign must wait to formalize their bid for office.
The window when someone must file the campaign paperwork at City Hall does not open until June 3. It closes on June 7. At 5 p.m. that day the ballots for the mayor’s office and two Park City Council seats will be set. If more than two people seek the mayor’s office, a primary election would be held on Aug. 13 to reduce the field to two people for Election Day, set for Nov. 5. Should there be more than four candidates for the two City Council seats, there would be a primary election to whittle the field to four.
One person — City Councilman Andy Beerman — has announced that he will campaign for the mayor’s office. The incumbent, Dana Williams, is not seeking a fourth term in office. The two incumbent City Councilors whose seats are on the ballot — Alex Butwinski and Cindy Matsumoto — have said they will seek re-election. Nobody else has emerged as a candidate for the City Council. There have been indications that more candidates could announce their intentions in coming days.
Someone who wants to seek elected office in Park City must meet a set of requirements. They include:
It is not known what sort of field of candidates will eventually be on the ballot. The decision by Williams, a popular mayor, not to seek re-election could spur wider interest in that position since the incumbent will not be on the ballot. The City Council spots will almost certainly be challenged even with two incumbents wanting another term.
Sharon Bauman, City Hall’s election officer, said on Friday she had fielded one inquiry about the election in recent weeks. The person who called her lived in Summit County but not within the city limits, making the person ineligible to seek office in Park City, Bauman said. The person appeared to be interested in campaigning for the mayor’s office, she said. Bauman said she anticipates interest will increase starting in the middle of May.
The campaigns in Park City will be the most closely watched in Summit County this year, but other municipalities will also hold elections. The East Side cities of Oakley, Henefer, Francis, Kamas and Coalville also have the mayor’s office and City Council seats that will be decided. The window when candidates must file in those cities is the same as Park City, June 3 until June 7.
There will be other elected positions on the ballot in various places throughout Summit County as well. They tend to not generate the same amount of voter interest as mayoral positions and City Councils. They include spots on the board of Silver Creek Service Area #3, the South Summit Fire District leadership board and the board of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District. The window for candidate filing is also June 3 through June 7 in those campaigns.
If a government entity wants to put a measure on the ballot, such as a bond, it must do so by 75 days prior to Election Day.
More information about the City Hall election is available at http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=777 or by calling Bauman at 615-5184. The Summit County Clerk’s Office, which acts as a clearinghouse for election information, is reachable at 615-5203.
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