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Mayor Mike Caldwell hasn’t yet decided if he’ll seek a fourth term

By Tim Vandenack - | Jan 12, 2023

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell speaks during the groundbreaking for the Dumke Arts Plaza in Ogden on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

OGDEN -- Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell is still mulling whether to make a fourth bid for the post.

"I haven't made a decision yet," he said. Rather, he's putting his focus for now on the massive WonderBlock development project proposed by his administration and the upcoming legislative session, with an eye to possible legislation that may impact the city.

Caldwell is finishing his third term as leader of Ogden and the post comes up for grabs again this year. Two others this week announced their plans to vie for the mayoral seat, Angel Castillo and Taylor Knuth, but Caldwell is still weighing his options, he said Wednesday.

"We'll give that a little time and consult and ponder," he said. He said he'll consult with family, city workers and others in making a decision, probably around the end of the legislative session, which goes from Jan. 17 to March 3.

Whatever the case, there's still time to consider the options. The official declaration period for candidates this year goes from June 1-7, according to Lauren Shafer, who heads the Weber County Elections Office. The primary, if needed, is set for Aug. 15 with the general election on Nov. 7.

Three seats on the Ogden City Council will also be on the ballot this year -- the District 4 post, now held by Ben Nadolski; the at-large Seat C post, now held by Luis Lopez; and the District 2 seat, now held by Richard Hyer. Numerous other city posts across Weber County and the rest of Utah will also be on the ballot this cycle.

Though Caldwell says his focus on the WonderBlock project has kept him from making a decision on whether to run again, the proposal narrowly got the green light from the Ogden City Council on Tuesday. The city officials voted 4-3 and 5-2 on the two bonding plans to help pay for the $240 million-plus project.

The WonderBlock plans call for redevelopment of a large vacant parcel just south of Historic 25th Street in Ogden.

Knuth announced his plans to run for mayor on Monday and Castillo made her formal announcement on Tuesday. Knuth has served on the Ogden Diversity Commission while Castillo used to serve on the Ogden Planning Commission. Both are active in local affairs.

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