Reference is made to the Ogden Standard article concerning the election in Kaysville which appeared in Nov 10, 2011 newspaper. There is a serious statement that need to be clarified and addressed:
I did not say "that the Mayor and former councilman John McCleary held meetings with citizens and told those in attendance that the election of Lee, Barton and Draney would destroy the city". Mr Asay has misquoted me. What I did say was that the campaign for the three sitting city councilmen were conducted by the Mayor and Mr. John Mc Clarey - I thought that was unfortunate that the Mayor would be so active in an election for city council of Kaysville, a city where he is the mayor . Later on in the discussion I said the things that were happening in the city on Sunday and Monday were most disturbing. I then said there was a meeting held in southwest Kaysville on Sunday night . Three city employees were at the meeting to discourage the group from voting for Barton, Draney and Lee. The three people were the Finance Director, the Director of City Parks and Recreation and and the new Electric Company head; e.g. Dean Storey, Vance Garfield (brother-in-law to the city manager) and Bruce Rigby. The three were there explaining that the city was in wonderful shape financially, but it would be very bad for Kaysville if Barton, Draney and Lee were elected. I then wondered if their active participation in the election could have violated the Hatch Act. I did not say that the mayor and Former Councilman John McCleary were even there. I am sure they were NOT there! My only reference to the mayor and John Mc Cleary was that I was disappointed that the two of them joined up to re-elect the sitting councilmen. This type of action should be beneath the mayor.
For Mr. Asay to state what he did in his article is not good journalism. I had asked him to read the article to me before he printed and he said he would not, that he took good notes and he was sure he understood. It is unfortunate that I even spoke to him. For him to take the two statements and print a totally false story is
unconscienciable. I am very disappointed in Mr. Asay; however I do thank Mr. Gibson for giving me the opportunity to clarify this. Mayor Hiatt and Mr McCleary please have my apologies, but I did not say what Mr. Asay has reported.
Editor's note: The Standard-Examiner stands by its reporting.