Candidate list for Summit County Council races is growing
March 15, 2016
As of Monday morning, seven candidates, including three incumbents, had filed to run for four open seats on the Summit County Council. The window to declare as a candidate closes Thursday at 5 p.m.
Roger Armstrong, Kim Carson, both Democrats, want to retain their seats. So far, they are unopposed.
Incumbent Tal Adair, a Republican is running to complete the two years left on David Ure’s term. He was appointed to by the county council in November and, currently, has one challenger. Glenn Wright, chairman of the county’s Democratic Party is hoping to go head to head with Adair in November.
Among the other hopefuls is Colin DeFord, who is running as a Republican for the seat currently held by Claudia McMullin. McMullin previously announced she would not seek another term.
Democrat Sean Wharton who made an unsuccessful bid for a council seat two years ago, and Democrat Doug Clyde have also filed in hopes of replacing McMullin. Both Clyde and Wharton serve on the East Side Planning Commission.
For the three state House districts that cover portions of Summit County, there are seven prospects so far. Two Republicans are running to represent House District 53: incumbent Mel Brown and challenger Seth Winterton. In the House District 54 race, incumbent Republican Kraig Powell is opposed by Democrat Rudi Kohler, and in House District 28, Democrat Brian King is unopposed.
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The council, state and federal races are subject to the partisan caucus/convention process but interested citizens may also choose to run on several other party tickets or as independents, provided they can gather enough signatures by the filing window deadline. Petition forms and more information are available at the Summit County Clerk’s office in Coalville.
Local school board posts are nonpartisan but candidates must file, in person, with the Summit County clerk prior to Thursday’s filing deadline. Three seats are open on each of Summit County’s three school district boards (North Summit, South Summit and Park City). A candidate must live in the precinct he or she is running to represent and show proof of having lived there for at least a year. As of Tuesday, 11 citizens had filed to run for seats on the local school boards. They do not compete at the caucus or convention levels.
For more information go to: http://www.summitcounty.org/290/Candidates