FARMINGTON -- Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. has every intention of running for re-election.
"I'll be down (at the county clerk's office) first thing Friday morning," said Petroff, 66.
The filing period for those interested in running for a state or county office begins at 8 a.m. Friday and runs through the close of business March 15. Candidates are to file at their respective county clerk's offices.
Petroff, in his first four-year term on the commission, expects to be challenged on the Republican ticket by Syracuse attorney Terry R. Spencer, a former Utah state senator.
Spencer publicly announced his candidacy in February.
Petroff, who served as mayor of West Point for seven years prior to serving on the commission, said his re-election bid is about continuing to move the county forward -- within budget.
"The most important thing we have done is that we have lived within our budget," Petroff said of the challenges the commission has faced in the past four years because of the tight economy.
"I don't think any of us thought the economy would be as bad as it has been," he said.
But the commission has moved on numerous public works projects, mainly additions and upgrades to the flood control channels, in an effort to protect personal property from flooding, Petroff said.
"When I was mayor of West Point, I would tell people I wanted to be known as the infrastructure mayor," said Petroff, whose portfolio of duties as commissioner includes overseeing county public works.
He said the commission also has been working with its assessor's office to prevent large swings in property tax assessments, in an attempt to reduce the number of residents who appeal their tax valuation to the county.
In 2009, about 6,000 property owners appealed their tax assessments to the county, he said. In 2011, that number dropped to about 2,000 property owners making appeals.
"It's not a flashy thing. But in county government we're not looking for flashy. We're looking for a consistent and honest approach to do the things we do," Petroff said.
The commission is also working to provide a better environment for small businesses through its emphasis on economic development, he said.
"The confidence in the national economy just has not reoccurred," Petroff said. "People have to have confidence to spend their money, and they need to spend their money if everyone is going to have a job."