CLEARFIELD -- For a variety of reasons, several Davis mayors are toying with getting out of the political game this year, with Clearfield Mayor Don Wood and Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson having already shared with their fellow council members that they will not be seeking re-election this fall.
Wood, who also serves as the vice chairman for the Davis Board of Health, said it is his and his wife's goal to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
But even if that goal isn't met, Wood said, having served 10 years in municipal government -- two of those years as a councilman and eight years as mayor -- is enough.
"It has been an amazing ride," said Wood, whose city leadership philosophy is "to get in, do the best you can and pass the baton."
"We have good, astute people that would be great mayors," Wood said of the potential community leaders who could offer residents a different perspective.
Johnson also announced he will not be seeking re-election after having served three four-year terms as mayor.
"It seems like yesterday," Johnson said of the 12 years he will have served at the end of this year.
"It is time for me to get off the stage," said Johnson, who added that being mayor of Bountiful has been a real treat.
But Wood and Johnson may not be the only Davis mayors passing the gavel.
Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle, Fruit Heights Mayor Todd Stevenson and Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson are all still on the bubble when it comes to deciding if they are going to seek re-election this fall.
Municipal candidates have until June 1 to file for office, with primaries in August, and a Nov. 5 general election.
Harbertson, currently completing his second four-year term as mayor, said he needs to decide whether he is going to seek a third term sooner than later.
Harbertson, a partner in a business with his brother, said his brother has been good about covering for him for the last eight years whenever his duties as mayor have taken him away from work.
To let his brother know, and give advance notice to anyone interested in seeking the office of mayor, Harbertson said it is his intent within the next month to make some sort of announcement.
Fruit Heights Mayor Todd Stevenson said he has until April or May to decide, because of the way the city handles its municipal primaries.
Fruit Heights conducts biannual Sage Brush and Pinecone conventions, where municipal leaders are nominated from the floor.
But after having served two consecutive four-year terms in office, Stevenson said, some residents may be looking for a change.
Even if he doesn't seek a third term, he said, he will remain involved in the community.
And then there are those Davis mayors who have a definite interest in running for re-election.
"I'm in," Layton Mayor Steve Curtis said of seeking a third consecutive four-year term as mayor.
"I definitely feel Layton continues to progress, and I want to continue to serve," said Curtis, who served two terms on the city council before being elected mayor.
Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt also will be seeking a second four-year term.
"I enjoy my service as mayor and have a great relationship with our citizens, and I will be seeking re-election," said Hiatt, 34, who said he is the youngest mayor in Davis County.