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Over 100 candidates fill mayoral primary ballots across 4 Wasatch Front counties

SALT LAKE CITY— With primaries fast approaching, more than 100 candidates are competing for positions in 27 mayoral races along the Wasatch Front in Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties.

From the Provo race, where candidates are jockeying to fill Mayor John Curtis' seat, to the Sandy race, where Mayor Tom Dolan is seeking a seventh term, candidates young and old and from diverse backgrounds are seeking the opportunity to lead in their communities. Though the elections are nonpartisan, many candidates have offered a wide array of opinions about how to handle transparency, fees and increased growth along the Wasatch Front.

The election is Aug. 15, but mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Aug. 14, the day before the actual primary.

The top two candidates in each race will advance to the Nov. 7 general election.


Draper: Mayor Troy Walker is running for re-election amid challenges from Troy Martinez, a former Army veteran and financial services agent, as well as from Draper City Councilwoman Michele Weeks. Walker faced criticism and calls for his resignation in March when his constituents shouted down his proposals for a homeless resource center.

South Salt Lake: The homeless resource center has been an issue for South Salt Lake as well. When the decision was made to place a resource center in the city, Mayor Cherie Wood called it a "lethal blow" for the area and has said she would fight the newly announced shelter. Wood is running for re-election against challenges from Mark Kindred, a current councilman-at-large, and former Councilman Shane Siwik.

Sandy: Dolan, the city's longest-serving mayor, is running for a seventh term in office. Gary Forbush, who challenged Dolan in 2005, is running against him once again. Kurt Bradburn, a state attorney for the Department of Human Resource Management, is also running with a platform of term limits.

Murray: Former four-term Mayor Daniel Snarr hopes to return to office after he left in 2013. But current Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove is also running, as is Councilman Blair Camp and Vern Greenhalgh.

South Jordan: Former two-term state Rep. Rich Cunningham is running for mayor of South Jordan. Mark Woolley and Dawn Ramsey are also running to replace Mayor David Alvord.

Herriman: Joe Darger, a vocal advocate of plural marriage, is among the candidates for mayor of Herriman. David Howe, David Watts and Councilwoman Coralee Wessman-Moser are also competing to replace Mayor Carmen Freeman, who is not seeking re-election after his first term.

Midvale: Sophia Hawes-Tingey is hoping to make history as Utah's first transgender mayor. Former Councilman Robert Hale is also running with the endorsement of JoAnn Seghini, the current mayor of Midvale. Phil Jankovich, Andrea Person, Matthew Hansen and Mont Millerberg are also running for the position.

Taylorsville: For 24-year-old Harry Lloyd Hansen, a recent political science graduate from BYU, running for mayor of Taylorsville is an opportunity to increase youth participation in the voting process and politics at large. He is running against Councilwoman Kristie Steadman Overson and incumbent Mayor Larry Johnson.

West Jordan: Mayor Kim Rolfe is seeking re-election. Rolfe is running against Councilman Dirk Burton and Councilman Zach Jacob. City employee Jim Riding is also running, as is Erin Clavell.

West Valley City: Tom Huynh, West Valley City's first ethnic minority councilman, is running for mayor against fellow Councilwoman Karen Lang and Joshua Cameron. All three are challenging Ron Bigelow, the city's current mayor.

Salt Lake County voters must have their mail-in ballots postmarked by Aug. 14. If voters miss their mail-in ballot deadline they may also take their ballots to a dropbox or an Election Day voting center by 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Preliminary election results will appear shortly after 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 and certified results will be posted on Tues. Aug. 29.

Voters with additional questions may call the Salt Lake County election office at 385-468-7400


Provo: The Provo mayor race has seen a crowded field of contestants. Nine candidates are vying to replace Curtis, who is hoping to replace Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz as a U.S. congressman. One candidate, UTA board Vice Chairwoman Sherrie Hall Everett, faces scrutiny over a $10,000 campaign donation from a construction company tied to a major UTA contractor. Provo School Board member Michelle Kaufusi, former Commissioner Odell Miner and former Salem City Manager Larry Walters are all campaigning for Provo's mayoral seat. Elliot Craig, John Fenely, Eric Speckhard, Howard Stone and Kevin Wing are also running.

Orem: Mayor Richard Brunst Jr. is seeking a second term in office. Hans Anderson, a former councilman and Brunst's previous mayoral challenger, is also running as Archie A. Williams III.

Alpine: Mayor Sheldon Wimmer faces challenges from Councilman Troy Stout as well as candidates Melanie Ewing and Rob Schoen.

American Fork: Councilman Carlton Bowen, Councilman Brad Frost and Daniel Copper are all seeking to replace Mayor James Hadfield.

Eagle Mountain: Debbie Hooge, Stephanie Gricius, Tom Westmoreland, Jonathan Vail and Taylor Malungahu are all running to replace Mayor Christ Pengra, who recently stepped down to take a position with Rocky Mountain Power. The Eagle Mountain City Council will hold a special meeting Aug. 14 to select a mayor who will serve until Jan. 1, and one of the above candidates will serve in the term thereafter.

Highland: Councilman Rod Mann and former Councilwoman Jessie Schoenfeld are running to replace Mayor Mark Thomspon, as are Cal Miller, Sam Orton and Wayne Knoll Tanaka.

Lehi: Mayor Bert Wilson is running against former Councilman Mark Johnson, former GOP state delegate Curtis Payne as well as Cody Black and Nolan Johnson.

Payson: Mayor Richard Moore is seeking re-election and faces challenges from candidates Mike Hardy and retired police Lt. Bill Wright.

Vineyard: Mayor Randy Farnworth is seeking re-election and faces challenges from Shawn Herring and Councilwoman Julie Fullmer.

Cedar Fort: Kelly Berry, Lynnette Groff and David Gustin are running for mayor of Cedar Fort.

Goshen: Craig Campbell, Lindsay Farnsworth and Steve Staheli are running for mayor.

The Utah County primary elections are all done by mail. Voters must have their ballots postmarked by Monday, Aug. 14, and are advised to take their ballots in and have them collected in person at the post office rather than dropped in the mailbox. Utah County voters may also bring their ballots into their city hall to place them directly into the ballot box until 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Official certified election results will be posted on Aug. 29.

Voters with additional questions may also call the Utah County election office at 801-851-8128.


Bountiful: Mayor Randy Lewis is seeking re-election amid challenges from Jim Clark, Dean Collinwood, Bob Lindsay, Nicholas Price and Councilman John Pitt.

Fruit Heights: John Pohlman and Jeremy Canter are challenging the re-election efforts of Mayor Don Carroll Jr.

Kaysville: Lorene Kamalu, Rustin Jessen and former Councilwoman Katie Witt are running to replace Mayor Steve Hiatt.

Sunset: Michael Love, Howard Madsen and Laura Penman are running for mayor of Sunset.

Davis County voters must have their mail-in ballots postmarked by Aug. 14 and voters have until 8 p.m. on Tues. Aug. 15 to vote in person.

Preliminary election results will be updated shortly after 8 p.m. on election night and certified results will be prepared by Aug. 29.

Voters with additional questions may call the Davis County election office at 801-451-3508.


Roy: Mayor Willard Cragun is seeking re-election with challenges from Steven Alan Cooper and Councilman Robery Dandoy.

South Ogden: Council members Sallee Orr and Russell Porter and candidate Brandon Thompson are running to replace Mayor James Minster.

Weber County elections are done both by mail and in person. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 14, and in-person polls close at 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Voters with additional questions may call the Weber County election office at 801-399-8036.