Treasurer race salts otherwise dull primary election
Usually the battle to become the state treasurer is a campaign snoozer, but not this year.
Republican voters are slated to decide Tuesday whether state Rep. Mark Walker or deputy treasurer Richard Ellis should advance and take on Democrat Dick Clark in November. The two are in a bitter campaign with Ellis demanding that Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert investigate Ellis’ allegations of corruption against Walker.
Ellis says Walker offered him a raise if he would drop out of the treasurer race. Walker denies any wrongdoing.
Recent campaign finance reports show Walker has spent about $42,000 on his campaign, compared with about $27,000 spent by Ellis.
But Ellis has more cash on hand to spend in the remaining days before the primary.
Only registered Republicans can help pick the party’s nominee at the Tuesday primary, Summit County Clerk Kent Jones explained.
Voters who are affiliated with political parties can no longer change camps in time for the election, he said.
But registered unaffiliated voters can sign up as Republicans at the polls and vote in the primary, according to Jones.
There is no Democratic ballot on Tuesday.
Some registered voters can also request nonpartisan ballots to vote in campaigns for school board seats in Park City and South Summit. The election will winnow to two the field of candidates in three school district races.
Francis resident Scott Nagle was disqualified from the campaign for district 1 for not filing a financial disclosure form this week. Now that race pits Woodland incumbent D. Deloy Bisel Jr. against Francis resident Mark Littleford in November.
Nagle’s name will still appear on primary ballots, but votes for him on Tuesday will not count, Jones said.
"We’ve got no choice, according to the law, but to disqualify him," he said.
State law required the candidates file financial disclosure forms June 17 or be disqualified, which Nagle failed to do, Chief Deputy Clerk Ryan Cawley said, adding that he was not able to reach Nagle directly.
"We sent a certified letter and we tried contacting him by phone and by e-mail," he said.
Brenda Nagle, the former candidate’s wife, said that her husband is stationed as a wildland firefighter in Florida and expects to return June 26.
Meanwhile, Oakley incumbent Kendall "Tiny" Woolstenhulme faces challenges from Matt Leavitt and Deby A. Anderson in the district 2 race in South Summit.
"The top two go onto the November ballot," Jones said.
In western Summit County, voters will pick two people to face off in November for Park City School Board district 3, currently held by Vern Christensen. Campaigning for the seat are Gerd Holmsen Aguilar, Anne Bransford and Art Brothers.
District 3 includes parts of Park Meadows, Eagle Point, The Canyons, Silver Springs, Quarry Ranch and Ranch Creek.
Polling locations for voters in Summit County Tuesday include:
Henefer fire station for voters in Henefer and Echo
Coalville LDS church for voters in Coalville, Springhollow and Upton
Wanship fire station for voters in Hoytsville and Wanship
Oakley Town Hall for voters in Peoa and Oakley
Summit County Services Building in Kamas for voters in Marion and Kamas
Francis Town Hall for voters in Francis and Woodland
Treasure Mountain International School for voters within the Park City limits
St Luke’s Episcopal Church for voters in Ranch Place, Silver Springs, Snyders Mill, ParkWest and on Old Ranch Road
Trailside Park administration building for voters in Silver Creek and Highland Estates
Jeremy Ranch Elementary School for voters in Jeremy Ranch, Moose Hollow and on Bitner Road
Ecker Hill International School for voters in Pinebrook and Summit Park
Information about elections in Summit County is available at summitcounty.org or by contacting the Clerk’s Office at 615-3204.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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