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Weber candidates worry about growth

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Growth is a major issue in the race for the Weber County Commission Seat B. Two Republicans will fight over the seat in the primary with the winner facing Democratic incumbent Joe Ritchie in November.

Shanna Francis is campaigning against Ken Bischoff.Francis earned her political science degree from Weber State University. She said that population growth is a major issue in Weber County.

"I don't believe our current political leaders are handling it well," she said.

Ken Bischoff, 58, was a write-in candidate for the Weber County Commission three years ago.

"I see an awful lot of growth," he said.

Bischoff explained that he wants to attract businesses to the county that pay good wages and are pollution-free.

Two Republicans, Camille Cain and Frank Maughan Jr., are seeking Seat A. Incumbent Bruce Anderson did not seek re-election. The winner will meet Democratic challenger Joseph Hull in the general election.

Cain, 48, is a newcomer to politics. She said that if elected, she will involve voters in the decision-making process.

"I believe the future of Weber County is dynamic," she said.

Maughan was first elected as a Weber County commissioner in 1980, and he's been active in politics since then. The 55-year-old candidate has served as a Weber County delegate at Republican conventions and has been a state delegate. He was also a Weber County District chairman.

He said it's not clear if Weber County can pay all of its bills. "I hope we're going to spend a lot less money," he said.

Maughan also said that the north end of the Legacy Highway needs to be looked at and land bought as soon as possible once the highway route is established.