FARMINGTON -- There is one in, one out, one undecided, and at least two candidates making a run for Davis County sheriff in 2014.
Bob Yeaman, retired chief deputy sheriff, has announced his intentions of challenging Sheriff Todd Richardson for the four-year sheriff's seat next year.
But Yeaman, and Richardson, who has indicated he will be seeking a second term, are not the only Davis candidates jockeying for position.
County Commissioner Bret Millburn has announced he will be seeking a third 4-year term, while fellow Commissioner Louenda Downs remains undecided.
Their terms are to expire Dec. 31, 2014. The two Republicans will have each served eight years on the commission.
"The last four years have been among the most economically challenging in a generation. These conditions created the perfect storm of increased demand for key services provided by the county, while at the same time, realizing there are fewer resources to accomplish the tasks at hand," Millburn said.
"While we are not out of this economic trough, I'm very proud of the stewardship I've provided, and seek to continue on this path. Whether the economy improves, or not, the principles of conservative governance, prudent expenditure and exemplary service are what I hope to continue for another four years," he said.
But while Millburn, of Centerville, gears up for his third run, Downs remains undecided.
"I still have not made that determination," Downs said. She said that decision will likely come by late January, giving her the time needed in preparing for a campaign run should she choose to go that direction, or give the necessary time to other would-be candidates who may be interested in the job.
But the race many will be watching, based on political history, will be the contest between Richardson and Yeaman.
Yeaman, who lives in Syracuse, said one of his goals is to unify the sheriff's department with other surrounding police agencies and "remove the stealthy tactical look in the everyday patrol arena," in turn increasing officers' presence.
"After serving in the sheriff's office for 23 years I feel the direction the present administration has gone in the past three years is not in the best interest to the citizens of Davis County," Yeaman said.
Richardson said he welcomes anyone who would like to enter the race.
"One term has historically not been enough time to accomplish all of the goals of any particular sheriff's administration. That is certainly the case for my administration. We have accomplished much, but have much more to do," Richardson said.
Regarding Yeaman's claim of the sheriff's office not heading in a direction that is in the best interest of Davis citizens, Richardson said he believes the sheriff's office has been responsive to the needs of the community.
"We have started up numerous programs to help increase the safety of the public, including but not limited to, clearing debris from the freeways and roadways and clearing fire hazards from gun ranges through the Davis Work Center and inmate workers program," Richardson said.
"We have helped to arrange free public target shooting through the highest fire hazard months, minimizing the risk of fires on the benches through those months," he said.
But one longtime Davis official who will not be back is County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.
"I will have 16 years in elected office as clerk/auditor at the end of this term and will have been classified as a senior citizen for a couple of years," Rawlings said.
"I had considered running for another term but with recent legislative changes that may impact all county auditors and knowing we will not miss a beat with the highly qualified staff that I have surrounded myself with, I feel it is the right time to retire from Davis County government at the end my current term," said Rawlings, who has worked for the county since 1990.
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