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79-CANDIDATE ELECTION ISN’T FUNNY

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The election in Utah's newest city of Taylorsville-Bennion may be a big laugh to the rest of the state, but to some of us in this city, it is not funny. There are a total of 79 candidates for the office of mayor and five council seats. And how many runoff elections will we have to make some sense of this and determine the issues and the qualifications of all these people?

Not a single primary. There will be only one election on regular election day in November. This gives voters four to five weeks to sort through this vast list of candidates. This means a mayor can be elected with only a 12 percent vote.This first group of officers chosen is critical to the direction our new city will take, and yet the voters are not given sufficient time or procedure to make an intelligent choice. Probably the winners will be those with most friends or in the heaviest populated areas. Also, it is likely that groups of candidates have banded together in condensed areas to pull a maximum number of votes. These people have not the interest of the community at heart.

And why are we in this situation? We are told the county cannot afford special elections. Well, for one thing, we wouldn't have this problem if those who pushed this city creation through would have timed it properly so as to allow for at least one primary election. The movement could have started much earlier or it could have waited until this city could be properly set up. We love this area we live in, and if we are to have a city, so be it, but it should have been planned to give us a wise, intelligent foundation as determined by an informed electorate.

Robert W. Roesbery

Marlene Carnden

Salt Lake City