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LAST-MINUTE CONTENDERS FILE IN UTAH COUNTY

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Monday's filing deadline for office in Utah County government and on local school boards left some seats uncontested while other races attracted a pack of hopefuls.

The Utah County Commission and county attorney seats attracted the most attention with five contenders - including incumbent Malcolm Beck - in the race for commissioner "A" and seven candidates for commissioner "B," the seat being vacated by Sid Sandberg.Eight candidates filed for county attorney, one being County Republican Chairman Wayne Watson. All three races should be exciting to follow in the next six months.

Two seats on the Nebo Board of Education sparked attention by attracting 12 candidates, all new to the race.

With mostly Republicans filing for office Utah County Democratic Party Chairman Bob Stringham said he was "disappointed because some people committed they would file and they have not."

But the lack of Democrats also "allows us to use more money and be more effective and focus on specific races," he said.

Only a handful of candidates filed for office before the 5 p.m. deadline.