Voting starts next week in Park City election
October 16, 2015
Election Day is two weeks away, but the voting starts next week.
The early voting period in the Park City Council election, as well as a closely watched Park City School District ballot measure that will fund construction projects if it passes, opens on Tuesday. Someone must be eligible to cast a ballot prior to Election Day to participate in the early voting timeframe.
The early voting window runs on weekdays from Oct. 20 until Oct. 30. Hours are from noon until 5 p.m. each of the days. The locations are the Marsac Building and the Richins Building. Someone may cast a ballot at either location regardless of where they live.
People who live in Park City will decide three spots on the Park City Council. Park City residents will also vote on the School District ballot measure. People who live outside of the Park City limits but inside the boundaries of the School District will vote on the ballot measure.
Someone who wants to vote early must be registered to vote by Monday, Oct. 19. A voter may register after Oct. 19, but they will not be eligible to cast a ballot during the early voting period. They must wait until Election Day. The final day for someone to register to vote and be eligible to participate in this year’s election is Oct. 27.
Someone is required to be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to Election Day to register to vote. They also must provide acceptable identification showing proof of residence. A driver license or a passport are acceptable forms of identification. If someone does not have those forms of identification, they may provide two alternate forms showing the person’s current address, such as a utility bill, a bank statement, a Social Security card, a hunting license or a military identification card.
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It is difficult to predict voter enthusiasm in what is an off-year election without the White House or other national positions on the ballot. None of the municipal elections, including the Park City campaign, has appeared to generate widespread interest. But the School District’s ballot measure, pegged at $56 million, has drawn significant attention as supporters and an opposition movement tangled in recent weeks. The supporters claim the money is needed to upgrade facilities and build new ones to address growth within the district. The opponents, though, are suspect of project details.
There are three City Council seats on the ballot. Six people are competing in the campaign. There were too few candidates to force a primary, leaving the field with little knowledge of where they stand two weeks before Election Day.
One incumbent, lodging industry figure and first-term City Councilor Andy Beerman, an Old Town resident, is seeking re-election. The others on the Park City ballot are: Dan Portwood, who is a Park Meadows resident and the director of administrative services at Nutraceutical; Nann Worel, a Solamere resident who is a member of the Park City Planning Commission and a not-for-profit executive; Becca Gerber, an Old Town resident who is a member of City Hall’s Recreation Advisory Board and the sales and marketing director at Aloha Ski & Snowboard; Rory Murphy, who lives in Prospector and is a developer who once served on the Planning Commission and Hope Melville, an Old Town resident who is a retired attorney and a member of City Hall’s Historic Preservation Board.
There has not been an overriding issue in the campaign, but the candidates have spent significant time on the wide-ranging impacts of growth. They have expressed concerns about traffic, development, housing opportunities and the business makeup in Park City. The candidates have appeared to largely agree on the broad issues as they offered differing details of their platforms.
The winners will be sworn into office in early January for four-year terms. The mayor’s office and the City Council seats held by Cindy Matsumoto and Tim Henney are not on the ballot in 2015. They will next be decided in 2017.
More information is available on the City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org . Select ‘Election Information’ in the Government dropdown menu. Additional information is also available on the Summit County clerk’s website. The direct link is: http://www.co.summit.ut.us/281/Voter-Registration-Elections.