Filing window to declare for City Council closes Monday
June 5, 2015
Residents of Summit County’s five East Side municipalities who are interested in running for a seat on their respective city councils have until Monday to declare a candidacy.
The county’s six municipalities, including Park City, will hold elections for city council seats in November. The filing window opened June 1 and closes Monday.
With multiple seats up for election on the East Side and the window closing soon, some city officials have concerns that few candidates will file.
Town of Henefer
Earleen Paskett, Henefer clerk, said no one has filed campaign paperwork or even expressed an interest in doing so.
However, Paskett said "a lot of people wait until the last minute" to declare, adding that Henefer is also notorious for write-in candidates who can declare up to 60 days before the election.
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The situation is reminiscent of the town’s 2013 election. No one ran for the City Council’s three seats or for mayor.
In the event no one does file, Paskett said the City Council can choose candidates. The City Council would fill out a petition form and then be required to garner at least 25 signatures for a candidate to be placed on the ballot, if they accept.
"That’s probably what would happen," Paskett said.
If no one accepts the ballot, the election would be canceled and the council would have to appoint someone.
Henefer has two seats on the ballot. They are currently held by Richard Butler and Joyce Housley. Paskett said neither incumbent plans on seeking re-election.
The city of Oakley’s three four-year seats, held by Eric Rose, Ron Bowen and Lorrie Hoggan, plus a two-year seat held by Amy Rydalch will be on the ballot.
Hoggan and Rydalch have filed and are seeking re-election.
Francis is one of two municipalities on the East Side with a four-member board. Two four-year seats, as well as the one two-year seat, will be on the ballot.
Francis Council members Jeremie Forman, Matt Crittenden and ron Ames’ seats will be up for re-election. Crittenden is the only candidate who has filed paperwork.
In a recent email to The Park Record, Forman said he is planning to seek another term, but he has yet to declare.
Three of the five council seats in Kamas are up for election. They are currently held by Kevan Todd, Dan Littledike and Mike Crystal. Matt McCormick and Crystal have filed.
Three four-year seats, held by Jodie Coleman, Steven Richins and Arlin Judd, will be on the ballot in Coalville. Coalville has a five-member board.
Four people have declared as candidates. Information about them was not immediately available. Coleman has said she plans on running again, but it is unclear if she is one of the declared candidates.
As previously reported in The Park Record, incumbent Arlin Judd has said he is "on the fence" about seeking re-election.
To file a declaration of candidacy, forms will have to be picked up at the city offices during regular business hours and filed with the recorder or clerk.
- East Side municipal contact information:
- Coalville: Nachele Sargent, recorder, 435-336-5981
- Kamas: Kim Peacock, recorder, 435-783-4630
- Francis: Suzanne Gillett, recorder, 435-783-6236
- Henefer: Earleen Paskett, clerk, 435-336-5365 or 435-336-2044
- Oakley: Konni Thompson, recorder, 435-783-5734
However, the Henefer municipal office is only open on Tuesdays. Earleen Paskett, the Henefer town clerk, can be reached at her home outside of those hours at 435-336-2044.
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