FARMINGTON -- With Davis School Board, Republican House races and a high-profile Utah Senate contest on the primary ballot, election officials are hoping today's primary will bring at least 20 percent of all registered voters to the polls.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, those wanting to cast a vote in any one of the Republican primaries must be a registered party member, or if unaffiliated, register at the polls as a Republican, Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
Rawlings said his hope is that with these elections on the ballot, the county will have 20 percent of its registered voters cast a ballot.
The 2008 primary had 7.6 percent of all registered voters cast ballots, Rawlings said.
"It seems like we only had one thing to vote on," Rawlings said. "There is enough on this ballot that we ought to get back up near 20 percent."
The county topped 20 percent in its 2000 primary, with 21.3 percent of registered voters casting ballots that summer, Rawlings said.
This year's GOP primaries include the Utah Senate race between Tim Bridgewater and Mike Lee as they jockey for the position currently held by Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.
State GOP House races within the county have Brad Wilson and Jory Francis contending for House Seat 15, serving the Kaysville/Layton area; Ben Horsley and Jim Nielson competing for House Seat 19, serving north Bountiful and a small area of Woods Cross; and Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, facing challenger D.J. Schanz for House Seat 20, serving south Bountiful and North Salt Lake.
Edwards is finishing her first term in the House.
Horsley, former Davis County Republican Party chairman, and Nielson, a small-business owner, are competing for the seat being vacated by Rep. Sheryl Allen, R-Bountiful.
Wilson and Francis, both business owners, are competing for the seat being vacated by Rep. Doug Aagard, R-Kaysville.
The winner of the Wilson/Francis contest will face Democratic opponent Sherri Tatton in the general election.
The winner of the Horsley/Nielson race will face Democratic candidate Richard Watson and Reldon C. White of the Constitution Party.
The winner of the Edwards/Schanz race will face Robert Moultrie of the Constitution Party and Democrat William Ward.
Two nonpartisan school board races also appear on the primary ballot, Rawlings said.
Three candidates are running for the District 6 seat, serving almost all of Clearfield, southeast Syracuse, Hill Air Force Base, and northeast Layton. In that contest Davis School Board member L. Burke Larsen, of Syracuse, is being challenged by Gerald Hasty and Michael Sperry.
Seven candidates are competing for the District 3 seat, serving Farmington, Fruit Heights and portions of Kaysville and Centerville. The seat is currently held by Davis School Board member Walt Bain, who has opted not to run.
District 3 candidates are Randy L. Rhodes, Trevor Blaine Tidwell, Larry W. Smith, Craig Monson, Eileen S. Moss, Larry N. Jensen and Peter Cannon.
The top two finishers in each of the nonpartisan school board races will advance to the general election.