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Weber County ballots are out; West Haven candidate forum coming up

By Tim Vandenack - | Oct 19, 2021

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

Election workers Deanne Phister, left, and Camie Warren process mail-in ballots at the Weber County Elections Office in Ogden ahead of last year's primary on Friday, June 26, 2020.

OGDEN — Ballots have been mailed and every registered voter in Weber County should have one or soon be getting one.

They started arriving in voters’ mailboxes last week and Ryan Cowley, head of the Weber County Elections Office, expects filled-out ballots to start coming back to his office “thick and heavy” by the end of the week. At stake are several mayoral and city council posts across the county, as well as a proposed bond issue in the Weber School District to cover the cost of building new schools.

Meantime, at least one additional candidate forum is in the works for voters still trying to make up their minds. The West Haven City Council hopefuls are to meet at a forum on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at West Haven City Hall, 4150 S. 3900 West. It’s also to be livestreamed on the West Haven Civic Engagement Facebook page for those who want to watch from home.

Two posts are up for grabs on the West Haven City Council and four hopefuls are running — Clarence Kelley, Jonathan Swapp, Ryan Saunders and David Smith. With incumbents Rob Vanderwood, a mayoral hopeful, and Randy Hunter not running again, the council will get two new faces.

Also on the ballot across the county are City Council posts in Ogden, North Ogden and Roy, among other locales, as well as mayoral posts in West Haven and several other cities.

Marriott-Slaterville residents won’t be getting ballots for the mayoral and city council races there because the number of candidates in each of the races is the same as the open slots. That is, there’s only one mayoral hopeful and two candidates for the two council seats that come open.

However, Marriott-Slaterville voters will still get ballots to weigh in on the Weber School District bond question.

Most Weber County voters cast ballots via mail or place their ballots in drop boxes. If mailed, they must be postmarked by Nov. 1 but they can also be placed in any of several drop boxes around the county by Nov. 2.

In-person balloting will take place on Nov. 2 at the Weber Center in Ogden, where the county elections office is located. For more information, go to the Weber County Elections Website at weberelections.gov.

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