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Weber County election season isn’t over yet, not by a long shot

By Tim Vandenack - | Sep 24, 2023
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A sign outside the in-person voting area at the Weber Center in Ogden is pictured Sept. 5, 2023, primary election day.
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A sign outside the in-person voting area at the Weber Center in Ogden is pictured Sept. 5, 2023, primary election day.

OGDEN -- Maybe there aren't as many political signs out there following the end of primary voting on Sept. 5.

But it's still political season. In fact, the campaigning across Weber County may now get more intense with more seats up for grabs in more locales than ahead of the primary. General election ballots are to be mailed out to voters starting the week of Oct. 31, according to the Weber County Elections Office, with voting culminating on Nov. 21.

The biggest race in Weber County, perhaps, is for mayor of Ogden, a contest between Ben Nadolski and Taylor Knuth. The winner will replace incumbent Mike Caldwell, not seeking reelection.

But it's hardly the only ballot item.

Hooper voters will also pick a new mayor, the only other mayoral contest in the county. Sheri Bingham and Greg Simpson are vying for the top seat, with incumbent Mayor Dale Fowers vying this go-round instead for a seat on the Hooper City Council.

Weber County voters will also weigh in on a proposed bond issue of up to $98 million to cover the cost of a new Weber County Sheriff's Office building and jail upgrades.

Beyond that, voters in numerous locales will be picking among city council contenders. Here's a rundown following primary voting:

Ogden City Council: Levi Andersen and Shaun Myers are seeking the at-large seat C on the City Council, a post now held by Luis Lopez, who's not running again.

Steve Van Wagoner and Dave Graf seek the District 4 City Council seat, now held by mayoral hopeful Nadolski.

Richard Hyer, who holds the District 2 City Council seat, has it easy. He's unopposed in his bid for reelection.

Roy City Council: Three at-large seats are up for grabs and the six hopefuls are incumbents Ann Jackson and Joe Paul along with Bryon Saxton, Benjamin Pearson, Jeremy Thompson and Claude Payne. Saxton previously held a City Council spot.

Incumbent Diane Wilson isn't running again.

North Ogden City Council: Three at-large seats are also up for grabs in North Ogden and the candidates are incumbents Ryan Barker and Phil Swanson along with Christina Watson, Chris Pulver, Tim Billings and Merrill Sunderland.

Incumbent Charlotte Ekstrom isn't running again.

West Haven City Council: Three at-large seats are on the ballot and all three incumbents, Nina Morse, Kim Dixon and Carrie Call, are running. They are joined by Sharon Hilton, Jim McGregor and Clarence Kelley.

South Ogden City Council: Three at-large seats on the City Council come open and the candidates are incumbent Jeannette Smyth along with Jeremy Howe, Eric Lee and Doug Stephens. Sallee Orr, an incumbent who missed the original filing deadline, is running as a write-in hopeful, according to the South Ogden city website.

Incumbent Brent Strate is not running again.

Farr West City Council: Three at-large seats come open and the candidates include Bob Blind and David Jay. Timothy Shupe is running as a write-in candidate, according to the Farr West city website.

Harrisville City Council: Three at-large City Council seats are on the ballot. The four candidates are incumbents Grover Wilhelmsen and Blair Christensen along with Karen Taylor-Fawcett and Dan Gilboy.

Hooper City Council: Two City Council spots are open. The hopefuls are Dale Fowers, the current mayor, along with incumbent Ryan Hill as well as Cindy Cox and Kamie Hubbard.

Marriott-Slaterville City Council: Three City Council seats are on the ballot and the only competition will be in the West District race between incumbent Rob Smout and Corey Smith.

Incumbent Dee Christofferson is the only hopeful for the at-large post up for grabs. Incumbent Dennis Illum is the only hopeful for the East District seat.

Riverdale City Council: Three at-large City Council spots in Riverdale are on the ballot and the three incumbents, Karina Merrill, Steve Hilton and Alan Arnold, are running, joined by Michael Richter.

Plain City City Council: Six hopefuls are running for three at-large City Council seats, including incumbents Rachael Beal and Melvin Sadler along with Chase Holmes, Jan Wilson, Miles Robinson and Adam Favero.

Pleasant View City Council: Incumbent City Council members Sara Urry, Ann Arrington and Dave Marriott are joined by Derek Draper and Robert Knapp in the race for three at-large council posts.

Uintah City Council: Robert Guiller, Daniel Combe and Austin Bennion are running for two at-large City Council seats. Incumbents Dave Boothe and Jerry Smith aren't running again.

Washington Terrace City Council: Five hopefuls are running for three at-large seats on the City Council -- incumbent Carey Seal along with Cheryl Parkinson, Brett DeGroot, Michael Thomas and Zunayid Zishan. Incumbents Scott Barker and Randy Ferlin aren't running again.

Huntsville Town Council: Two at-large seats on the Town Council come open and the candidates are incumbent Bruce Ahlstrom along with Lewis Johnson and Lee Primm. Incumbent Kevin Anderson isn't running this cycle.

Several other special districts are holding elections for board posts, including the North View and Weber fire districts. More info on those races can be found at the Weber County Elections Office website at weberelections.gov/copy-of-city-special-district-candi.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correctly identify the incumbent not running again in the South Ogden City Council race.

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