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Voters in four southern Utah County towns - Elk Ridge, Genola, Goshen and Woodland Hills - will be electing two town councilman and a mayor each in the municipal election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The biggest issues in those towns probably is increasing water sources and storage, as well as maintaining existing emergency and utility services. Genola is fighting the idea of disincorporation, while Goshen officials hope a write-in campaign will fill a vacant council position.Elk Ridge


James L. Bean is a salesman for a local firm. He has served as a town councilman. Bean said that in addition to the town's water problems, the town also needs to look at the possibility of bringing in light industry and perhaps improving the town's access roads.

Clarence Foster, an operations manager for a local bottling company, is a town councilman. Foster said the town needs to look at clarifying town ordinances and perhaps development of the foothills.

James E. "Jay" Prather is a training consultant with Rocky Mountain Helicopters. He has served on the Town Council. Prather said the town must acquire more water rights to keep up with the town's growth as well as improve town services.

Town Council

Marc R. Hansen, seeking his first term, is running unopposed, as is Hal Shuler, who is running for his third council term.



Elton Draper is a general supervisor for a local manufacturing firm. He is a town councilman and has served as mayor before. He said the town must oppose disincorporation and improve emergency services.

Orval R. Schramm is retired from the U.S. Defense Department. He has experience as a leader in labor unions. Like Draper, he opposes disincorporation. He favors bringing light industry into the town.

Town Council

Jeffrey A. Judd is a dairy farmer. He said the town must look more carefully at possibilities before making drastic decisions.

Everett Kester works for a local steel corporation. He has served as a councilman in Santaquin and said Genola needs a master plan for future improvements.

David Evans is a quality assurance person at a Springville firm. He calls himself a down-to-work, rolled-up-sleeves type person.

O. Robert Anderson works for the state Office of Education. He said the town must resolve its water problems this year.

In addition, William "Garry" Brown is running to fill the last two years of his council term.


In Goshen, the biggest concern besides water and services is finding someone to fill a vacant council position. In the mayoral race, current councilman Forrest "Pat" Branagan is running unopposed, as is former miner Denny Sturman in the town council race. Both said they favor trying to bring small businesses into town, as well as keeping the emphasis on staying a small town.

Because Sturman is the only person who filed to run for council and two seats are open, the resident receiving the most write-in votes will be elected to the other seat.

Woodland Hills

In Woodland Hills, incumbent Mayor Dennis Johnson is running unopposed. The Deseret News was unable to contact him for comment.

In the town council race, three people are running unopposed. Incumbent Diane F. Gibb is looking to fill a second term. Joe McKay is running unopposed for his first council term, and George Shepherd is hoping to complete the final two years of his term. The three agreed that the town will need more water sources soon to accommodate future growth.