Voters in the municipal election next Tuesday will be hard pressed to surpass last month's record turnout of approximately 40 percent of the registered voters during the primary election.
In addition, if primary results are any indication, the city could have its first woman mayor, as Marie Huff walked away with 67 percent of the mayoral vote - the highest percentage of any candidate in the state.Mayoral and council candidates alike are taking even more solid positions on several city issues - including lowering utility rates, increasing water storage and whether to continue to expand the city's Main Street beautification project - a week before elections.
Marie Huff is a local businesswoman and Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce president-elect. Huff is running on a campaign to bring small businesses to the city, as well as to expand the city's beautification projects to areas outside of the Main Street region. In addition, Huff said, she will offer the city its first full-time mayor.
"I say, `Hey, I'll have every day open to talk to residents.' I'd also really like to see our utility bills lowered. I'd like to look at the rate structures with lowering them in mind."
T. Page Harrison, 45, is a school teacher and a current city councilman. Harrison said he is concentrating on the fact that he has served on the council for 10 years. "I think experience means a lot."
He said, if elected, he will not have the time to be a full-time mayor but would dedicate at least two nights a week. He said he wants to see the city work on increasing water capacity and maintaining streets and roads.
Donald W. Dunn, 33, is office manager for a Springville medical firm. He said he still favors continuing the city's beautification projects and supporting the city's businesses and recreational programs.
"I really haven't changed any of my views since the primary. It's been fun talking to people. I'll just wait and see what happens, I guess."
Sheldon Gordon, 29, is the owner-operator of SAG's Convenience Store. The former police officer was the leading vote-getter among council candidates in the primaries. He said he is sticking to his guns on issues discussed during the primaries.
"I still favor continuation of the beautification project, having extra water storage and forming an economic development board." Additionally, Gordon said building a new emergency services building soon will be a city concern.
Jon O. Hunter, 47, is a veterinarian and has served on the city's Board of Adjustments and Zoning Commission. Hunter said he is concerned with keeping utility rates fair and reasonable as well as bringing in more industry to the city.
"I'd like to see more industry here. It would be great for all of Utah County."
Rex Woodhouse, 45, is an incumbent city councilman and co-owner of Spanish Fork Flying Services. He recently was elected president of the Southern Utah County Solid Waste District. He said getting the city's existing landfill closed and opening the new Bay View site is a major concern.
He also said he wants to see the city save money and plan for large future projects rather than paying for them through bonding. Additionally, providing more water storage and building a new emergency service building will be future concerns, he said.