Summer is primary season in Summit County |

Summer is primary season in Summit County

The Park Record Editorial, June 14-17, 2014

People in Park City and surrounding Summit County are likely thinking about going on a summer trip, venturing onto their favorite trails in the nice weather or making their way to some of the many summertime events in the community.

Few, we suspect, are thinking about heading to the polls.

It is election season, though, and registered voters this month will make decisions in a few primary elections. The primary election has generated a limited amount of buzz in the community thus far. Primaries were not needed in the most prominent contests that will be on the ballot in November, further diminishing talk about the balloting this month.

But voters should take some time before the June 24 primaries to learn about the candidates and then vote, either on the day of the primaries or during an early-voting period that has already opened.

The only countywide primary pits two Democratic candidates against each other for Summit County auditor as they attempt to represent the party on Election Day. Alex Butwinski and Michael Howard are vying for the party’s nomination. The auditor is responsible for handling the County Courthouse’s finances, an important position in the hierarchy that influences a range of budgetary matters.

Another important primary will decide whose names are on the November ballot in the Pinebrook and Summit Park district of the Park City Board of Education. Four people are competing for two spots on the ballot. They are: Julie Nirula, Doug Payne, Edwin Lowsma and Julie Eihausen. None of them is an incumbent.

Voters in South Summit also must use a primary to advance two candidates in one of the Board of Education elections there. Three people are on the ballot: Steven Hardman, Scott Simons and Lisa Kay Farmer.

The early-voting period opened on Tuesday and closes on June 20. Polling locations for early voting are at the Richins Building, the Marsac Building, City Hall in Kamas and the County Courthouse. Voting hours are from noon until 4 p.m. from Monday until Thursday and from noon until 5 p.m. on Friday. Voters may cast a ballot at any of the locations during the early-voting period regardless of where they live.

More information is available on the county clerk’s section of the Summit County website, . The office’s phone number is 615-3204 from Park City and the Snyderville Basin or 336-3204 from elsewhere in Summit County.