Candidate list for Summit County Council races is growing |

Candidate list for Summit County Council races is growing

As of Monday afternoon, 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 and Tal Adair want to retain their seats. Armstrong and Carson will be looking for support at the county’s Democratic caucus coming up on March 22. So far, they are unopposed.

Adair will be seeking a nomination from the Republicans. Adair who currently occupies Seat E on the council already has a challenger. Glenn Wright, chairman of the county’s Democratic Party is hoping to sew up his party’s nomination 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, a Democrat. McMullin previously announced she would not seek another term.

Pending the results of the caucuses, DeFord could end up facing Democrat Sean Wharton on November’s ballot. Wharton who made an unsuccessful bid for a council seat two years ago, has also filed to take over McMullin’s spot.

Later in the day on Monday, East Side Planning Commissioner Doug Clyde joined the group eyeing McMullin’s seat, making it a two-way contest on the Democratic side in advance of the caucus.

The council, state and federal races are subject to the partisan caucus/convention process and interested citizens can file 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 not partisan 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 Monday, nine citizens had filed to run for seats on the local school boards. They do not compete at the caucus or convention levels.

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