SUNSET -- In the race for mayor, Beverly Macfarlane and Ryan D. Furniss are vying to replace current mayor Chad Bangerter.
Earlier this year, Bangerter announced he would not run for re-election, citing an "unbearable" working relationship with the city council.
Macfarlane believes city beautification is the most important issue facing residents right now.
"We just need to make Sunset a prettier place to live," she said. "We need to fix some of the blighted areas in the city."
Macfarlane would also like to see the city council become more united; she believes the mayor could help.
"Unless the council is united, we won't be able to accomplish much," she said.
A graduate of Weber State University, Macfarlane has been involved in state and local politics for 30 years.
"I'm retired, and available to be the full-time mayor," she said.
Furniss, who has served on the city council for six years, says he's ready to lead the city.
"I believe I am the most prepared candidate to lead Sunset city," he wrote in an email interview. "I know where we have been as a city, where we are now and where we need to go."
Furniss believes the top priority needs to be city finances.
"The greatest challenges facing our city is the ability to keep taxes down, all while maintaining vital city services," he said.
Furniss is employed by LDS Church Security, and is married, with three children. He has lived in Sunset for 15 years.
In the race for city council, four candidates are seeking the two available seats. Election Day is Nov. 5.
If elected, Chris R. Hadley, 38, wants to get tough on crime.
"I've personally seen an increase in crime over the last few years," he said.
Born and raised in Ogden, Hadley is married with three children, and helps operate A.B. Hadley Company, a family-run auto repair shop in Ogden. He's lived in Sunset since 2008.
"I feel that I'll do what I say I'm going to do," he said. "I just want to do an honest job, give honest answers, and do the right thing."
Trystal Peay believes the council needs some "new blood," to go in a different direction.
"The current direction hasn't been the greatest, and we need some new ideas thrown around," she said.
This is the first time Peay has run for any sort of office.
"It's outside my comfort level, but it's been good," she said. "I'm a stay-at-home mom who saw things were not changing, and I thought if change was going to happen it would have to start with me."
Peay, who has lived in Sunset for seven years, says the most pressing issue in the city is business development.
Brent L. Andrews doesn't hold out much hope for his city council campaign.
"I don't think I'll be re-elected; the primary was pretty disastrous," the first-term councilman said. "They want new faces."
The 62-year-old Andrews, who has lived in Sunset for 30 years, is a graduate of Weber State University. He worked for the power company for 28 years.
Andrews says he's got the experience and know-how to get things done in the city and save residents money.
"I just want to serve the people," he said. "I'd like to stay, but I'm resigned to the fact I'm going to get my butt kicked."
Incumbent city councilman Ricky Carlson says he's running for re-election to complete some unfinished business.
"I am running again because I feel I need to follow through with the 1800 North project that I have been involved with," he wrote in an email.
That project is the most important issue facing the city, according to Carlson.
"I think the residents should vote for me because I did not vote for the unfunded iPads that the majority of the council voted for," Carlson said. "I don't have a personal agenda like some others do."
Carlson and his wife have lived in Sunset for 20 years. They have five children.
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