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Ogden mayoral spot, $98M jail bond question at stake as voting winds down

By Tim Vandenack - | Nov 21, 2023

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

Election workers process ballots at the Weber County Elections Office in Ogden on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. From left are Amy Lancaster, Lori Lovelady, Stacy Palen and Colleen Burdess.

OGDEN — If you haven’t already, Tuesday’s the last day to vote in municipal elections across Weber County.

You can drop your ballot off at any of 21 Weber County Elections Office drop boxes around the county until 8 p.m. Tuesday, when voting ends. You may also vote in person from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Weber Center at 2380 Washington Blvd. in Ogden or at the Ogden Valley Branch Library at 131 S. 7400 East in Huntsville. Don’t use the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday — ballot envelopes had to be postmarked by Monday.

There’s plenty at stake this cycle.

Notably, Ogden voters will be picking a new mayor to lead the city for at least the next four years. Ben Nadolski and Taylor Knuth are vying to replace three-term incumbent Mike Caldwell, who isn’t going for a fourth term.

Voters all across Weber County will be weighing in on a ballot question — whether to bond for up to $98 million to build a new Weber County Sheriff’s Office facility and upgrade the existing Weber County Jail. The jail improvements aim most notably to augment medical and mental health facilities for inmates. The bond, meantime, would result in a property tax hike of $54.09 a year for the owner of a home valued at $468,000, the average in the county.

Voters in cities big and small in Weber County will be picking new leadership.

The only other mayoral race outside of Ogden in Weber County is in Hooper, where voters will pick between Greg Simpson and Sheri Bingham. Dale Fowers, the incumbent mayor, is vying for a City Council seat this go-round.

Voters in the biggest cities of Weber County — Roy, North Ogden, West Haven and South Ogden — will be picking new city council members. Likewise, city council and town council spots are up for grabs in every other locale in the county.

In Farr West, there’s no competition because just three candidates put their names forward for three spots coming open on the city council there. Likewise, two Marriott-Slaterville City Council contests feature just one candidate each.

Weber County Elections Office officials will be tallying the ballots and are shooting to have the first batch of results out by around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. For more information on the 2023 general election, visit https://www.weberelections.gov.


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