The way Councilman Kirk Mittelman sees it, he's right where he wants to be.
Mittelman finished fourth in a field of 10 candidates for three Payson City Council seats after Tuesday night's primary election results. According to final but unofficial vote tallies, Lee Wiltbank, Terrell Nilson, Jack Perine and Sarah Harvey were eliminated from contention for the four-year council positions."I like to be in a fight," said Mittelman, who finished sixth in the 1990 Payson primary but finished strong in the subsequent general election and is consequently serving his first term in office. "I was way further back last time and still won."
Mittelman, a Provo police officer, faces another battle as he and his wife, Margaret, fight charges of child abuse.
Council member Pam Wilson was the leading vote-getter in the primary, with 588 votes. Wilson was appointed to the council in January to replace Fred Swain, who served three years of his council term before stepping down last December.
Two political newcomers, Duane Frisby and Van Canann, finished second and third in the primary, respectively. In fact, including Frisby, Canann, Harvey, Nilson, Perine, Wiltbank and Marge Proctor, who finished sixth in the primary and will continue on to the Nov. 7 general election, there were seven candidates in the race who have never held office.
Former City Councilman Don Dixon, who also ran for a council post in 1990 and for a Nebo School District seat in 1992, finished fifth among the field of 10. He said he has "an uphill battle to fight" to get back on the council for the first time since 1987.
Besides Wilson's and Mittelman's council seats, the candidates are also running to replace Kay Furniss. Furniss served two years on the council.