Bountiful, Fruit Heights and Sunset mayors face election challenges

Friday , June 09, 2017 - 4:19 PM

TIM VANDENACK, Standard-Examiner Staff

At least four of Davis County’s 15 cities — and perhaps as many as 10 — will get new leaders in municipal voting later this year.

Notably, the incumbent mayors in Bountiful, Fruit Heights and Sunset — three cities beset in recent months by varied controversies that have split public opinion — face challenges. So do the mayors of Clinton, Layton and West Bountiful. The incumbents in Centerville, Kaysville, South Weber and Syracuse aren’t seeking re-election, so residents in those locales will see new faces in the mayoral posts no matter what.

The incumbents in Clearfield, Farmington, North Salt Lake, West Point and Woods Cross, meanwhile, are running unopposed.

Wednesday was the filing deadline for municipal elections. Primary voting, where necessary, will be held Aug. 15, with the general election set for Nov. 7.

The Bountiful mayoral race is particularly crowded, with six hopefuls challenging incumbent Randy Lewis, who’s going after his second term.

Controversy flared in Bountiful earlier this year after critics protested city leaders’ plans to build a new $13 million City Hall building as costly and unneeded. Leaders ultimately backed off the proposal, but it spurred speculation by Dean Collinwood — among the five vying against Lewis for the mayoral spot — that the anger the issue generated would prompt someone to challenge the incumbent.

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In Fruit Heights, city leaders’ support for Utah Department of Transportation plans to build U.S. 89 over Nicholls Road, eliminating access between the two roadways, spurred opposition from some. Among those running for mayor, seeking to oust incumbent Don Carroll, are Jeremy Canter, one of the plan opponents.

Jeanne Groberg, who also criticized the plans — worried, in part, about the aesthetics of the proposed U.S. 89 overpass — is running for a Fruit Heights City Council seat. The Fruit Heights U.S. 89 plans are part of a larger planned upgrade of the roadway between Farmington and South Weber.

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In Sunset, moves by city leaders to get rid of the Sunset Fire Department and seek coverage from the North Davis Fire District instead sparked strong opposition and talk among the critics of challenging the incumbents. Now, Mayor Beverly Macfarlane faces three challengers.

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Mayoral contests with three or more hopefuls will be whittled to two in the August primary, according to Brian McKenzie, who’s helping manage the elections as the Davis County chief deputy clerk-auditor. Cities where the number of City Council candidates adds up to more than double the spots available will be whittled to just double the number of spots available.

In a city with two City Council positions up for grabs and five or more candidates, for instance, the primary will serve to reduce the number of candidates to four. All City Council posts in Davis County cities are at-large positions.

Following is a rundown of the officials running for office, starting with the three cities where controversies have flared of late. The information comes from the Davis County Clerk/Auditor website, the varied city websites and city officials.

Bountiful: Lewis is facing a challenge in the mayoral race from Jim Clark, Collinwood, Bob Lindsay, Nicholas Price and John Pitt, currently a Bountiful City Council member.

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

Fruit Heights: Carroll is running for mayor in Fruit Heights’ unique system as a Sagebrush Party candidate while Canter and John Pohlman are running as Pinecone Party candidates.

The City Council hopefuls are incumbent Julia Ann Busche and Kyle Charlesworth, both Sagebrush Party hopefuls, along with two Pinecone Party candidates, incumbent Scott Poole and Groberg.

A convention of Pinecone Party reps on Aug. 15 will narrow the two Pinecone mayoral hopefuls to one.

Sunset: Macfarlane is facing a challenge from Michael Love, Laura Penman and D. Howard Madsen in the mayoral contest.

The candidates for two City Council seats are incumbents Jake Peterson and Scott Wiggle along with Austin-Arlo Doyle, Steven Pease and Nancy Smalling.

Centerville: Randy Randall, Clark WIlkinson and Andy Bavelas are running for mayor. Incumbent Paul Cutler isn’t seek re-election.

Incumbents Tami Fillmore and Stephanie Ivie along with Bruce Pitt are running for two City Council seats.

Clearfield: Mayor Mark Shepherd is the sole mayoral hopeful.

Incumbent Tim Roper and Brady Jugler, Robert Stotts and Karece Thompson are running for two City Council posts.

Clinton: Mayor L. Mitch Adams is seek re-election, challenged by Anthony Thompson.

Incumbents Michael Petersen and Karen Peterson as well as Robert Eberhard are running for two City Council seats.

Farmington: Mayor H. James Talbot is the sole mayoral candidate.

Incumbents John Bilton and Brigham Mellor along with Emma Mansour, Kyle Smith and Rebecca Wayment are running for two City Council seats.

Kaysville: John Adams, Rustin Jessen, Lorene Kamalu and Katie Witt are running for mayor. Current Mayor Steve Hiatt is not running again.

Incumbent Susan Lee along with Michelle Barber, Randi Von Bose and James Hansen are running for two City Council posts.

Layton: Mayor Robert Stevenson faces a challenge from Kyle Huntsman in the mayoral race.

Incumbents Tom Day and Joy Petro along with Dante Fratto, Clint Morris and Eric Willison are running for two City Council spots.

North Salt Lake: Mayor Len Arave is the sole mayoral hopeful.

Incumbent Ryan Mumford along with Robert Drinkall, Alisa Van Langeveld and Lisa Baskin are running for two City Council posts.

South Weber: Jo Sjoblom, a member of the City Council, and Jeffrey Monroe are running for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Tamara Long isn’t seeking re-election.

Incumbent Wayne Winsor and Mellissa Hafen, Rob Osborne, Angie Petty and Sanford Thompson are running for two City Council seats.

Syracuse: Mike Gailey, a City Council member, is the sole mayoral hopeful. Mayor Terry Palmer isn’t seeking re-election.

Incumbents Corinne Bolduc and Jordan Savage are running for two at-large council seats. Jason Henrie, Douglas Peterson, William Teague and Ralph Vaughan are running to fill out the two remaining years of another council post.

West Bountiful: Mayor Ken Romney is facing a challenge from Brady Tracy in the mayoral race.

Incumbents Kelly Enquist and Mark Preece and Alan Malan, Gary Merrell and Heather Gardner are running for two City Council seats.

West Point: Mayor Erik Craythorne is the sole mayoral hopeful.

Incumbents Andy Dawson and Kent Henderson and Roland Whitesides are running for two City Council posts.

Woods Cross: Mayor Ricky Earnshaw is the sole mayoral hopeful.

Incumbents Tamra Dayley and Ryan Westergard are the only candidates for two at-large council seats. Incumbent Matthew Terry and Julie Checketts are vying to fill the two remaining years of another council seat.

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