Primary Elections will shrink the list of candidates |

Primary Elections will shrink the list of candidates

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

Voters in Summit County will narrow the political field on Tuesday and choose the candidates for the General Election in November.

Unlike during early voting, voters must cast their ballots at their designated polling location on Primary Election Day. According to Summit County Deputy Clerk Ryan Cowley, polling locations, as well as a sample ballot, can be found online.

"We wanted everything to be in one place so residents can find their voting information as easily as possible," said Cowley. "The most important thing on Tuesday is that people remember their state I.D."

There are 14 polling locations throughout Summit County that will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the Primary Elections, any voter can ask for a Democratic, Independent or Constitutional ballot. Only registered Republicans can choose a Republican ballot.

"We have received almost 20 calls this past week from residents who received absentee ballots but want to vote in person," Cowley said. "As long as they bring their absentee ballot to the poll, we can void it and have them vote on the machine."

Cowley said he expects 15 to 20 percent of the 24,819 registered voters in Summit County to vote on Tuesday.

One of the issues voters will decide next week is which candidate from the Democratic and Republican Party will be eliminated from the race for Summit County Council Seat A.

Sean Wharton and Roger Armstrong are both running for the Democratic nomination and say their business backgrounds make them two very different candidates.

According to Armstrong, the challenges facing Summit County call for a particular skill set, which he has based on his experience on various boards, prior legal experience and strong business skills.

"I think the main difference between me and the other candidates is that they have limited service experience and not the same experience dealing with the complex issues that we are going to face like I do," he said.

Wharton said that the knowledge he has gained from living in Summit County for 30 years sets him apart from his opponent.

"I have lived on both the West and East sides of the county and understand the demographics of both areas and what it takes to make it as a small business owner," Wharton said. "I have been a member of the East Side Planning Commission and taken part in the school system in Park City and South Summit."

On the Republican ticket, Max Greenhalgh and Michael Howard are vying for the nomination.

Greenhalgh said residents should vote for him because he understands that residents don’t want growth in the area to compromise "what makes Summit County so special."

"I stand apart in the regard that I understand the General Code and how we can control development smartly," Greenhalgh said. "Through serving on BOSAC (Basin Open Space Advisory Committee) and the Basin Planning Commission, I helped preserve thousand of acres of open space."

Michael Howard did not respond to The Park Record’s request for an interview.

Early voting for the Primary Elections began on Tuesday, June 12. As of Friday morning, 708 residents had voted.