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FEW HOPEFULS EMBROILED IN PERSONAL LEGAL BATTLES

The major candidates running for the U.S. Senate and governor's office this year hvve minor if any dealings in Utah courts, records show.

Each election year the Deseret News checks with various court and tax records to see if any of the major candidates have been involved in actions voters vay find relevant.Most of the candidates had no records at all. The newspaper checked U.S. Senate candidates Brent D. Ward, Robert F. Bennett, Douglas D. Anderson, Brian T. (Ted) Stewart, D. Wayne Owens and Joseph A. Cannon. Gubernatorial candidates Michael O. Leavitt, Richard M. Eyre, Patrick Shea, Dixie Minson, D. Michael Stewart and Stewart Hanson Jr. were also checked. Of those who did have some court dealings, here they are with candidates' responses:

- As previously reported in 1990, Owens was sued that year by Zions First National Bank. Owens had a $91,000 loan with the bank and missed a few payments. The same day the suit was filed, Owens met with bank officials and took care of the matter. The suit was dropped.

- Ward is listed as having paid a $75 speeding ticket in June 1991. He says he may have had such a ticket, but doesn't recall it.

- Shea is listed as paying off a number of parking tickets in a batch and getting some others dismissed in February 1991. "Ohhh," said Shea. "There is a Debbie Shea (his wife) who drives a car that has been known to have some parking tickets."

- Eyre's name comes up three times. In 1986, Eyre was renting out a condominium he owns in West Valley City. A disagreement arose between Eyre and the renter over who was to pay the monthly condo maintenance fee. No one paid for awhile and the condo association sued Eyre. "We worked out a settlement," Eyre says.

Also in the mid-1980s, Eyre bought a home from a woman on contract. He and his wife then went to England for six months to write a book. They fell behind on several monthly mortgage payments. The previous owner sued the Eyres. "We worked out a payment schedule and took care of that also," Eyre says.

In 1990, Intermountain Health Care Inc. sued Eyre in small claims court over a disputed medical bill that Eyre believed his insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, should have paid. "We paid the bill ourselves," Eyre said.

- Mike Stewart's name comes up a dozen times in 3rd District Court suits. As a commissioner, he is routinely named as a defendent in lawsuits filed against the county.