Our View: A final race to the polls

Monday , June 23, 2014 - 3:40 PM

Editorial Board

A low-voter turnout may be expected for Tuesday’s primary, but many Top of Utahns are cheating themselves of a say in local governance if they skip voting on the various elections.

Republicans and non-affiliated voters who align themselves with the GOP have some interesting primary races, and there are non-partisan elections throughout the Top of Utah that involve all registered voters.

In Weber County, Ernest Rowley, incumbent in the Weber recorder/surveyor race, is facing a competitive battle from Leann Kilts, an employee in the county office. One issue in the primary race is whether the recorder/surveyor’s office should be split, which was the custom prior to 2007. Earlier this year, there was an unsuccessful effort to have Weber County commissioners divide the office. Both candidates have prominent supporters. Rowley is endorsed by Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson and Kilts has received a $1,000 donation from State Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City.

Also in Weber, some Republicans and voters who affiliate Republican will choose between Justin Fawson and Dan Deuel in the House District 7 race. Also, in Weber School Board District 3, there are three candidates competing for the non-partisan board seat. They are Steven Elsnab, Brent Richardson and John Bradley.

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In Davis County, there are Republican primaries for the county commission and House District 19. In Commission Seat A, incumbent Bret Milburn is being challenged by Brian Muir. In District 19, candidates Chet Loftis and Raymond Ward are competing. There are also non-partisan school board and state races on the ballot.

These are important races. The winners spend our taxpayers’ dollars. They deserve, as do we, to have a healthy amount of voters deciding their races. For information on where to vote, call 801-399-8400 for Weber County and 801-451-3589 in Davis County. We appreciate the candidates for their spirit and service and wish them well.

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