New and familiar faces file for candidacy this week
the close of business Thursday, Summit County voters will have a good preview of November’s ballot, which will include two County Council races and contests for seven elected department head positions. As of Tuesday afternoon, 17 citizens had officially filed to run for office in those county races.
Park City real estate agent Nick Coleman, who on Friday announced his intent to file as a Republican for clerk against current Clerk Kent Jones (D), submitted his paperwork for the position on Monday morning.
Another key filing occurred on Tuesday, when Sean Wharton, a Marion resident and chair of the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, filed as a Democrat for County Council Seat E, occupied by Dave Ure (R), who filed on Monday.
Wharton serves on the Board of Directors for both Recycle Utah and Welcome Home, a drug and alcohol treatment group. He said he is a "common-sense, level-headed guy" who knows the issues of both the East and West Sides. He has also been a farmer.
"I think Dave [Ure] is a good guy but, so am I, and my commitment to the [political] process and my determination shows it’s something I’ve been trying to do for quite a while," Wharton said.
Getting "ahead of the growth curve" is also important to Wharton and he said he wants to try to straighten out problems in the East Side’s development code. He said that code has been "kind of a train wreck."
For Utah’s 26th Senate District, Vernal Democrat Wayne Stevens filed to run against current Sen. Kevin Van Tassell (R-Vernal) on Tuesday.
Also filing this week was 54th District Rep. Kraig Powell (R-Heber City), who will face a challenger in Summit County Democratic Party Chair Glenn Wright, who filed last Friday. Rep. Brian King (D- Salt Lake City), who currently represents Dist. 28, which includes Summit Park and parts of Pinebrook, as well as portions of Salt Lake County, has also filed for re-election.
Several state House and Senate posts and Utah Congressional seats will also be on the ballot, including U.S. House Dist. 1, which covers Summit County and is currently held by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Brigham City). As of Tuesday, Bishop has filed for re-election and North Ogden resident Peter Clemens filed as a Democrat for U.S. House Dist. 1.
The full list of state and county candidates who filed as of Tuesday includes:
Any residents planning to file for these positions must do so at the Clerk’s Office in the Summit County Courthouse, located at 60 N. Main Street in Coalville, by 5 p.m. Thursday. The office opens at 8 a.m.
To keep up-to-date on the latest state and county candidate filings, visit parkrecord.com.
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