Two Ogden city council candidates disqualified

Nov 1 2013 - 8:19am

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Pamela Stevens
Courtney White
Pamela Stevens
Courtney White

OGDEN -- Next Tuesday's city council race just got a lot easier for two Ogden incumbents. The Ogden City Recorder's Office announced Thursday that council challengers Courtney White and Pamela Stevens have been disqualified from the Nov. 5 general election for failing to turn in their finance disclosures on time.

The disclosures, which counted campaign contributions received and expenditures made between Aug. 31 and Oct. 26, were required to be filed at the recorder's office by 5 p.m. Oct. 29.

White was set to face off against incumbent Bart Blair, seeking the at-large B council opening.

Stevens was running for Ogden's Municipal Ward 1 seat against incumbent Neil Garner.

White and Stevens will now be removed from Tuesday's ballot.

The Standard-Examiner Editorial Board had previously endorsed both Blair and Garner.

Before the disqualifications, the ballot was bursting with competitors, with eight city council candidates running for four seats. All of the seats are four-year terms.

Ogden Deputy City Recorder Lee Ann Peterson said both White and Stevens have been informed of their disqualification.

White eventually turned in his disclosure on Oct. 30 but will still be disqualified, Peterson said, as stipulated by state code.

Attempts by the Standard-Examiner to reach White on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Stevens said in an email that she didn't have time to make the Tuesday deadline because she was busy at work.

"(It's) kind of frustrating that the city does not have an electronic means of accepting the paperwork, and you cannot mail or fax it in," she said.

Stevens said she did not ask for or accept any donations during her run, and all campaign expenses were paid for out of her own pocket.

According to White's disclosure, which had been added to Ogden city's website by Thursday afternoon, he had $61.16 in donations and $100 in expenditures during the latest reporting period.

Peterson said disqualifications have occurred in the city's past, but "it's not something that occurs very often."

With Stevens and White out of the race, only one city council incumbent will face a challenger. In Ogden's Municipal Ward 3, Councilman Doug Stephens faces off against challenger Turner Bitton.

The only other race in the election -- for the at-large A council seat -- pits Stephen D. Thompson against Marcia L. White.

Contact reporter Mitch Shaw at 801-625-4233 or mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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