LAYTON -- The first political domino in this year's municipal election has tipped, with Layton businessman and home builder Bob Stevenson announcing his run for Layton mayor.
Stevenson, a former city councilman who served from 1982 to 1992, told the Standard-Examiner on Thursday he will seek the office of mayor.
Mayor Steve Curtis has publicly announced he will not be seeking re-election to a third term.
"I come from a community-active family," 59-year-old Stevenson said of his desire to run.
Among the topics Stevenson said he plans to address are: the city's master plan relating to the over-building of multiple-family housing units; the city's UTOPIA $2 million a year, 27-year bond debt payment, with plans to make the fiber optic system available to all Layton residents; opening lines of communication to residents; and enhancing the city's overall economic base.
Stevenson, a national store brand manager for Nestle, a job he will retire from May 31, said his business background helps him understand how to create business.
Having a combination of political and business experience allows him to offer new ideas and concepts in addition to new leadership, he said.
In Layton, there is talk of a few other potential mayoral candidates, including Councilman Michael Bouwhuis and Councilwoman Joyce Brown.
Bouwhuis said he is about 99 percent there regarding a decision of whether to run, while Brown said she remains undecided.
In other political moves, Clearfield City Councilman Mark R. Shepherd has shared through tweets that he is in the throes of a campaign in Clearfield. Mayor Don Wood has announced after two terms that he will not be seeking re-election.
Shepherd, a former longtime member of Clearfield's Planning Commission, said in a Monday post: "Great first meeting with the campaign team. Website is nearly done. Working on the endorsements now and they look positive. Will have FB page up by next week and campaign pieces are coming together."
In his tweet, Shepherd does not indicate the position for which he is running, and attempts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.
But Shepherd's current four-year term as a city councilman does not expire until the end of 2015, officials said.
This year the candidate declaration filing period runs from June 3-7, with the municipal primary to be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, and the municipal general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to officials.
In addition to Wood and Curtis, other Davis mayors who have shared publicly that they will not be seeking re-election are Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson, Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson and Sunset Mayor Chad Bangerter.
In Weber County, the political picture isn't much clearer.
Roy Mayor Joe Ritchie has announced he will seek a third term. He said there is unfinished business in the city and that he loves serving the people.
But Riverdale Mayor Bruce Burrows, currently in his third term, said he remains undecided despite receiving encouragement to run.
Ogden city's mayoral race is not up for election this year.