Primary election slated in Francis
July 18, 2007
Candidates in Kamas barely missed competing in a primary race. Six people filed to run for three City Council seats in Summit County’s second-largest city.
The deadline to file was Monday, and seven candidates would have forced a runoff election.
Incumbent Kamas City Councilmen Kevan Todd and Dan Littledike face challenges in November from Rod Atkinson, Jeff Zenger, Rex Mitchell and A. Jason Barto. Incumbent City Councilman Emmitt McNeil will apparently retire from the board.
As Kamas politicians mull whether to annex the roughly 70-home High Star Ranch subdivision, Mayor Lew Marchant insists there are only a few "issues that are significant that are not related to growth."
Guiding the development of new subdivisions and a commercial area near State Road 248 in Kamas means new City Councilors must carefully consider impacts the growth could have on water and sewer systems. About 1,500 people live in Kamas.
Meanwhile, a primary election is planned in Francis, where six people filed campaign papers to run for two four-year seats on the Francis Town Council. Three people filed to run for a two-year seat on the board.
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A primary election for the four-year seats involves Teri Ekstrom, Tal Adair, Richard Palmer, Sherri Eiting, R. Lee Snelgrove and incumbent councilman Greg Averett.
Competing for the two-year seat are Tim Butikofer, Joe Eiting and Rex Hallam, who is expected to leave the contest.
"We’re really a bull’s-eye for developers," Francis Mayor John Bergen said. "We’re just going to have to deal with the growth."
Three hundred homes under construction in Francis could double the size of the city of more than 1,000 people, he said.
"It’s unbelievable. You can see what it’s going to do to this town," Bergen said. "In the last five years, we’ve doubled in size."
The water system in Francis is adequate, Bergen said, lamenting that too little sewer capacity forced the Town Council to enact a development moratorium.
But officials will lift the building ban before the Nov. 6 election, he said.
Six people competing for three seats on the Oakley City Council just missed having a primary in September. The candidates include incumbent Oakley City Councilmen DelRay Hatch and Ron Bowen, who face challenges from Lorrie Hoggan, Wade Woolstenhulme, Eric Rose and Paul Woolstenhulme, a former Oakley mayor.
Six people are on the ballot in Coalville: incumbent Coalville City Councilmen Brent Scholes and Steven Richins, Kelly Ovard, Tyson Collins, Trisha Beames and Karen Brostrom.
Finally, there are two council seats on the ballot in Henefer, where only one incumbent, Bruce Rowser, filed campaign papers before the deadline.
Still, Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard isn’t discouraged.
"I would imagine that there would be a mad dash for [the open seat] between now and Election Day," Ovard said. "Henefer has a notorious reputation for electing write-in candidates A considerable amount of candidates through the years have been elected as write-ins."
Ovard was elected mayor in 2005, without declaring his candidacy.
The open seat on the Henefer Town Council belongs to Town Councilman Douglas Paskett, who is recovering from a stroke.
"There is a lot of sentiment for Doug, and Doug might stay and run as a write-in," Ovard explained. "The people of Henefer respect Doug and I don’t think anybody wanted to file for his seat."