Kaysville, Bountiful city council and mayoral hopefuls to face off at forums

Monday , July 17, 2017 - 12:00 AM

TIM VANDENACK, Standard-Examiner Staff

Kaysville and Bountiful voters will have a chance to size up the mayoral and city council candidates in upcoming municipal elections.

The League of Women Voters of Davis County is hosting candidate forums in the two locales ahead of the Aug. 15 primary:

  • The Kaysville forum is set for Tuesday, July 18, at Kaysville City Hall, 25 E. Center St. An informal meet-and-greet session starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by a more structured question-and-answer period from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • The Bountiful forum is set for Thursday, July 20, at Bountiful City Hall, 790 S. 100 East. A meet-and-greet session starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period from 7-9 p.m.

League representatives asked municipal leaders throughout Davis County if they’d like the organization to host candidate forums ahead of the primary. Only Kaysville and Bountiful officials answered in the affirmative, though elections are to be held in all 15 Davis County cities and all across Utah.

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In Kaysville, three hopefuls are running for mayor, Lorene Kamalu, Rustin Jessen and Katie Witt, according to the candidate list on the Davis County Clerk/Auditor website. Incumbent Mayor Steve Hiatt is not seeking re-election.

Four candidates are running for two at-large City Council posts, incumbent Susan Lee, James Hansen, Michelle Barber and Randi Von Bose.

In Bountiful, six candidates are running for mayor, incumbent Randy Lewis and challengers Nicholas Price, Dean Collinwood, Jim Clark, Bob Lindsay and John Pitt, a current Bountiful City Council member.

Running for two at-large Bountiful City Council seats are 10 people. They are incumbent Kendalyn Harris and Seth Allen, Alex Densley, Clint Halladay, Bret Hutchings, Kenny Knighton, Dave Nelson, Chris Simonsen, Seth Wright and Mason Milligan.

The primary will whittle the two mayoral contests to two candidates each and the Bountiful City Council race to four candidates. The four Kaysville City Council candidates will continue on to the Nov. 7 general election.

Turnout is typically lower in non-presidential election years. Emily Walsh, publicity chair for the league, said if more show up this year, it will send a message to elected leaders at all levels. “A high voter turnout in a municipal year would send a message to state, federal and county government that we’re watching, paying attention. We’re interested. We’re getting more involved,” she said.

She said leaders in several more Davis County locales have agreed to hold forums ahead of the November election.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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