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Federal land use policies, unity and a listening ear seem to be the prevalent political themes of the four Republicans running for two open seats on the Uintah County Commission.

The winners in both primary elections will face opposition from their Democratic counterparts in the general election.Incumbent Lorin F. Merrell wants to retain his commission A seat because he wants to continue to serve the people of Uintah County. Merrell, a retired automobile salesman and dealer, says during his 41-year career he gained respect and understanding for the needs of farmers, ranchers and other businesses.

"I've enjoyed meeting and working with the people of the county. I've learned to listen to the problems of the people and have tried to solve them in a fair way."

Merrell predicts a great future for Uintah County with opportunities for business development and growth. He hails the county as being "a beautiful place to retire and enjoy later years."

He wants voters to know he feels it has been a privilege and honor to

serve them as a commissioner.

Leo Snow says residents concerned about unity in government, equal representation, better roads, new industry, family issues, youth

problems and senior citizen issues should cast their vote for him.

Snow is a former Uintah County commissioner, a farmer and rancher as well as a general contractor with experience in building refineries and pipelines, road construction and installing water and sewer systems.

His platform includes representing all people in the county equally, an open-door policy, bringing the community together and using the bidding process when spending county tax dollars.

As a candidate, Snow's list of concerns for the well-being of the county include deteriorating roads, creating a positive environment and good activities for youth, keeping a careful eye on spending, unity in government, huge capital expenditures and creating a better economic base to provide permanent jobs.

The winner of the commission A race will face Democrat Kathy G. Kempton this November.

Max D. Adams, now retired after a 27-year career in a management position with a major U.S. corporation, is a one-term incumbent in the commission B seat and a Uintah County native.

Adams believes unity is the key if the county is to progress both economically and socially.

"I have worked towards this end, and as I look around our county it is obvious to me that we are making progress. There is, indeed, a great spirit of cooperation now developing."

A few of his accomplishments while in office include supporting the Chamber of Commerce in its efforts to improve the community through projects such as countywide recycling, development of "Kids' Canal" and construction of the Jensen Green River Bridge and the Jensen Visitor Center.

Adams is also proud of serving as a key player in forming the Uintah Recreation Association, which provides recreation opportunities for the entire county.

If he's re-elected to another four years in office, Adams said he will continue to stand firm on protecting the quality of life enjoyed by Uintah County residents by "resisting efforts of the state or federal governments to infringe upon those rights by imposing rules or regulations for the use of public or private lands, and participate in the preparation of a comprehensive land-use plan to assure these objectives are met."

He said he will aggressively pursue the diversification and growth of the county's economy by recruitment of new business, retention of existing businesses and the stimulation of tourism.

Also seeking the commission B seat on the Republican ticket is Lewis Vincent, a Jensen farmer and rancher now retired from managerial positions in the oil industry.

If elected, Vincent said he will tackle everything from federal land policies controlling thousands of acres of land in the county, to getting more bang for the buck when it comes to constructing and maintaining roads.

Vincent said he is interested in maintaining and improving the Uintah Care Center "to better facilitate the (senior) occupants living there" and likewise is supportive of the Western Park Arena and Convention Center.

Vincent served for 12 years as president and director of the Moon Lake Electric Association Board, and as president and board of director of Deseret Generation and Transmission for six years. In addition, he was chairman of the Ashley Valley Water and Sewer Improve-ment District and Jensen Water district for several years.

The winner of the commission B primary will run in the general election against Democrat Herb Snyder.