Park City mayoral forum planned as ballots are put in the mail |

Park City mayoral forum planned as ballots are put in the mail

Environment, immigration could be addressed at Thursday gathering

by Jay Hamburger

The three Park City mayoral candidates are scheduled to participate in a forum on Thursday evening, a political event that is planned at about the same time as ballots are expected to arrive through the mail.

Roger Armstrong, Andy Beerman and Dana Williams will gather at the J GO Gallery, 408 Main St., for a forum starting at 6 p.m. It is expected to last 90 minutes and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Armstrong is a Summit County Councilor, Beerman is a member of the Park City Council and Williams served three terms as the mayor ending in early 2014. Voters will drop one of the candidates during an Aug. 15 primary. The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to Election Day in November.

Jill Lesh, an Old Town resident who is the League of Women Voters unit leader for the Park City area, said she hopes between 50 and 60 people attend. A League of Women Voters member from Salt Lake City, Nancy Wingelaar, will moderate the event. Lesh said the candidates will be given time for opening and closing statements and will take questions from the crowd.

Lesh said the League of Women Voters is interested in topics like the environment, immigration, women's issues and political redistricting. Of the four issues Lesh identified, the environment appears to be the most critical to the mayoral campaign as Park City continues to pursue an aggressive green program. The League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates and instead is an advocate for issues.

The event on Thursday is scheduled as ballots will be arriving through the mail. The primary election will be conducted through mail-in balloting, something designed to increase voter turnout. The ballots and return envelopes were mailed to registered voters on Tuesday and should arrive within a few days.

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The ballots must be returned to the County Courthouse postmarked on or before Aug. 14. They can also be left in a drop box at the Marsac Building with a deadline of 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.

A voting-assistance center will be available at the Marsac Building on Aug. 15 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Someone will be able to vote on a machine at the assistance center. They will print the completed ballot, place it in an envelope and then put it in a drop box. Kent Jones, the Summit County clerk, said the assistance center is designed for people who did not receive a ballot through the mail or erroneously marked a ballot.