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RACE FOR 3 COUNCIL SEATS TIGHTENS AS 1 DROPS OUT

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The race for three Payson City Council seats has gotten tighter, even though residents won't vote in the general election for more than two weeks.

Marge Proctor was one of six candidates who survived the Oct. 3 primary election, which trimmed four candidates - Lee Wiltbank, Terrell Nilson, Sarah Harvey and Jack Perine - from the field of 10.But last week she said she is withdrawing from the race "after careful consideration and advice from several former council members, longtime Payson residents and a number of my supporters."

In the primary, Proctor finished sixth out of the 10 candidates, garnering 104 votes, more than 150 votes behind those candidates considered to be in serious contention.

Her withdrawal leaves just five candidates - Van Canann, Don Dixon and Duane Frisby, as well as incumbent council members Kirk Mittelman and Pam Wilson - competing for the three four-year council seats up for election this year. Payson City Recorder Jeanette Callaway said Proctor's name will be removed from the ballot, and state election laws do not allow the next closest candidate, which would have been Jack Perine, to move back on the ballot. Proctor did not say whether she would be endorsing any of the remaining council candidates, but she did say this would not be her last attempt to gain office.

"I plan on spending the next two years becoming more familiar with issues of importance to Payson and becoming more familiar to Payson residents," she said. "I fully intend to run again" in 1997, when two council seats and the city's mayoral post will be open, she said.

Besides Wilson's and Mittelman's council seats, the candidates are also running to replace Kay Furniss, who has served two years on the council but opted not to run for re-election.