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HOPEFULS IN CEDAR HILLS, CEDAR FORT, VINEYARD ARE RUNNING UNOPPOSED

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Recently incorporated Vineyard will be holding its first city elections this year, but its four candidates for mayor and City Council seats are running unopposed so far.

Citizens in Cedar Fort and Cedar Hills face the same situation, and city officials in all three towns said they haven't heard of any write-in candidates yet.Vineyard was incorporated in May, and according to acting Mayor Rulon Gammon, it is the same size community Provo was when first incorporated. It has a population of 148, and Gammon said leaders there plan to continue to maintain a sense of autonomy.

"We plan to maintain Vineyard as an agricultural community," Gammon said. "We're not really making any plans for future growth."

Gammon, 49, who lives at 86 W. Center, is seeking election to his current position. He has served as Utah Farm Bureau president, the Utah Dairy Council and the Farm Land Assessment Committee with the state Tax Commission.

Vineyard's four acting City Council members also plan to run. They are Robert Holdaway, Morris Clegg, Stan Morris and Grace Holdaway.

In Cedar Hills, Mayor Gregory Harris is planning to step down. Paul Fox is the only one candidate running for the position. Harris said he hasn't heard of any write-in candidates yet.

Fox, 66, lives at 4080 Juniper Road, worked eight years for the military and spent 30 years working for General Electric.

He said Cedar Hills needs a town hall and he would also like to clean up the weeds and clutter in the streets and install sidewalks, curbs and gutters throughout the town.

"We have a very poor entrance to the town," Fox said. "The east entrance needs quite a bit of attention, and we also need more street lights."

Candidates Jean Peaslee and Paul Snively hope to replace City Council members Bill Bule and Wayne Robison. They are running unopposed, too.

Mayor John Balle of Cedar Fort is stepping down this year. Sidney G. Hardman hopes to fill his seat. He is running unopposed, along with council hopefuls Kenneth L. Norris and Gary Adams, but town clerk Virginia Cook said write-in candidates can always be expected .

Hardman, 60, 311 S. 100 East, has been in business for 30 years.

"I think a little community needs help and support and business principles," he said. "I would also like to maintain the heritage that we've had in the community."