CLINTON -- With no incumbents running for the two city council positions, the primary election race, set for Tuesday, Aug. 13, is ripe for new ideas.
The future growth of the city is among the biggest focuses for each of the five candidates on the ballot.
Barbara Patterson, 63, remembers when she served on the council four years ago and wants to serve the city again. Having lived in Clinton for 35 years, she has seen a lot of change.
"We don't have to go out of the city often, and I think citizens like that," said Patterson. "I'd like to keep more people here, get more affordable housing in the area, and bring more businesses and jobs into Clinton."
Michael Petersen, 54, has always wanted to contribute to the city when he got older with more time on his hands. Though he doesn't have more time, he is getting older and hopes to serve on the council.
As a member of the planning commission, he has seen the master plan in the works and hopes to see it through.
"I think it's important that our elected officials stay within the guidelines of the master plan," said Petersen.
A lot of his work over the years has been in the environmental area, so he is hoping to implement his knowledge of rules and regulations dealing with government entities on the council.
Karen Peterson, 33, wants to make sure the landscape of the city stays the same. As chair of the city's general plan, she has spent the last year talking to residents about the city.
"I feel very invested in what things people like and want to improve in the city, so I'd like to make sure those thoughts are represented on the council going forward," she said.
Peterson has a bachelor's degree in political science and experience volunteering in local and state government.
"I'm also running because I want to make sure our city stays good for my kids and everyone else's to grow up and have opportunities," she said.
Terrie Rees, 55, a former firefighter and currently a line haul driver, was born and raised in Clinton and wants to see the city keep growing.
"We didn't have all these fun stores growing up, so it's exciting now to walk right over and get what you need instead of traveling far," said Rees.
Rees would also like to make sure the farms in the city are preserved.
"I want to see those families keep operating their farms and make sure their taxes don't go sky high," said Rees.
Tony Thompson, 54, has been on the city's planning commission for 11 years and currently works for the Davis County planning department. Thompson said growth has slowed a little in the city, but Clinton has a good base for strong commercial development to grow and become a good revenue source of sales and taxes to fund the city budget.
"We have some ordinances in place where the commercial development will be very much in harmony with what is already taking place and be able to keep it in the downtown area," said Thompson.