Several seats up for grabs in East Side municipal elections
Registered voters in eastern Summit County have one final chance to decide the outcome of the contested races in four of the municipalities.
Several seats are up for grabs this election cycle in Coalville, Kamas, Oakley and Henefer. Francis City officials chose to cancel their election and award the seats to the three incumbents who were running unopposed: Jeremie Forman, ron Ames and Matt Crittenden.
Tuesday, Election Day voting will take place from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the various polling locations. Residents had to register on or before Oct. 27. Voters will be required to bring a valid form of a government issued ID.
The municipal elections in the eastern part of the county haven’t generated much interest among voters or candidates, despite the number of seats that are on the ballot. No forums have been held and relatively little campaigning has been done.
Niki Sergeant, Coalville City clerk, said most of the candidates claim "it’s a small town and everyone knows me." Sergeant said the last candidate forum the city held several years ago and was not well attended.
Only a couple dozen voters had participated in early voting, Sergeant said. However, she expects more to cast their ballots on Election Day. Less than half of the city’s registered voters cast ballots during the primary race in August.
"We’ve had about the same number we usually do, but we see most of ours turn out on the actual voting day, which I’m hoping is the case," Sergeant said. "This election has the potential to change our entire council."
Four of Coalville City Council’s five seats are up for election. Incumbents Adrianne Anson, Arlin B. Judd and Steven B. Richins are running against challengers Tyler J. Rowser, Walter Brock, Cody Blonquist and Colby G. Willoughby. The newly elected members will join first-term Mayor Trever Johnson at the helm.
Kim Peacock, Kamas City recorder, said turnout during early voting has been decent considering it’s a local election and no other issues are on the ballot. Incumbents Kevan Todd and Michael Crystal and former City Council member Matt McCormick are seeking reelection, with newcomer Monica Blazzard hoping to win her first seat.
Konnie Thompson, Oakley City recorder, said the city has nearly doubled the number of early voters from 2013.
"I think we had 10 in 2013 and we’re up to 22," Sergeant said on Thursday.
The city of Oakley’s three four-year seats, plus a two-year seat held by Amy Rydalch, will be on the ballot. Incumbents Lorrie Hoggan and Rydalch are being challenged by Mont J. Flygare, Joe B. Frazier and Tom Smart.
Henefer did not hold early elections. However, five write-in candidates are vying for the town’s two open seats. The candidates are: Ryan Kyle Mosher, Derk Lindley, Dawn Mathiesen Soger, Dale Eatchel and Robin Riches.
As previously reported in The Park Record, Henefer’s election will be conducted on paper ballots and voters will be required to write in the names of two of the official candidates.
Preliminary election results will be available on The Park Record website late Tuesday night. By state law, the municipalities are given a window of no less than seven days and no more than 14 days after Election Day to hold their official canvasses.
Meredith Reed was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Summit County Democratic Party and said she sees an opportunity to ride the so-called blue wave that saw a Democratic surge nationally and within the state.