OGDEN — It’s not 2020, when Americans pick a president to lead the country for the next four-year term.
But 2019 — while maybe not quite as intense — is still an election year, and residents in Weber County’s 15 locales will be picking new leaders to guide the communities. Notably, mayoral races are slated for Ogden, North Ogden, Hooper and Uintah, while city council posts in all 15 places will be on the ballot.
It’s still early in the process — the formal filing period doesn’t start until June 3, closing on June 7. But two candidates have already stepped forward in the Ogden mayoral race, incumbent Mike Caldwell, going for his third term, and challenger Angel Castillo.
The primary is set for Aug. 13 and the general election is Nov. 5, according to the Weber County Elections Office.
The primary vote, if needed, will serve to whittle the list of city council and mayoral hopefuls for the general election ballot. If there are three or more candidates in any of the mayoral contests, for instance, the primary will serve to narrow the list of hopefuls to two.
In cities with at-large city council posts — most of them in Weber County — the primary, if needed, will serve to narrow the list of hopefuls to double the number of open spots. If there are two full-term, at-large spots on the ballot in a given locale and five or more candidates, for example, the primary will narrow the list of hopefuls to four. If there are three or more candidates for individual spots in cities with districted seats up for grabs — in Ogden and Marriott-Slaterville — the primary will serve to narrow the number of hopefuls in each race to two.
Aside from mayor, Ogden voters will vote in the race for the at-large C spot, now held by Luis Lopez, according to information compiled by the elections office. They’ll also vote in the races for the District 2 and District 4 seats, now held by Richard Hyer and Ben Nadolski, respectively.
North Ogden potentially faces a major overhaul in its leadership, depending on the outcome of voting.
Voters will select a mayor to fill out the final two years of the term of Brent Taylor, whose second term as mayor there was cut short when he was killed while serving with the Utah Army National Guard in Afghanistan. After Taylor’s death, the North Ogden City Council appointed Brent Chugg to the mayoral spot through 2019, but Chugg has said he does not plan to run to serve the final years of the term, 2020 and 2021.
Also on the ballot will be three full-term, at-large city council spots, currently held by Phillip Swanson, Carl Turner and Cheryl Stoker. The final two years of a fourth council spot, now held by Ryan Barker, will also be on the ballot. That leaves the council spot now held by Blake Cevering as the only one that won’t be on this year’s ballot.
Hooper’s mayoral spot, now held by Korry Green, will be on the ballot along with two at-large council posts, currently held by Ryan Hill and Kyle Cooke.
The final two years of the Uintah mayoral spot, held by Gordon Cutler, will be on the ballot, as well as the at-large council seats now held by Gerald Smith and Michelle Roberts and the final two years of the council post now held by Greg Johnson.
Here are the other council spots that’ll be on the ballot in Weber County’s other locales:
Farr West: The three at-large spots now held by Tom Burkland, Ken Phippen and David Jay.
Harrisville: The three at-large spots now held by Gary Robinson, Ruth Pearce and Grover Wilhelmsen, as well as the final two years of the council seat now held by Steve Weiss.
Huntsville: The two at-large town council spots now held by Bill White and Bill Wangsgard.
Marriott-Slaterville: The at-large spot now held by Dee Christofferson, the East District post now held by Dennis Illum and the West District spot now held by Rob Smout.
Plain City: The two at-large spots now held by Melvin Sadler and Brad Searle and the last two years of the council spot held by Todd Davis.
Pleasant View: The three at-large posts now held by Boyd Hansen, Jerold Burns and Sara Urry and the final two years of the spot that David Chugg had held.
Riverdale: The three at-large spots now held by Braden Mitchell, Alan Arnold and Cody Hansen.
Roy: The two at-large spots now held by Karlene Yeoman and David Tafoya and the final two years of the spot now held by Joe Paul.
South Ogden: The three at-large spots now held by Brent Strate, Sallee Orr and Adam Hensley.
Washington Terrace: The three at-large seats now held by Scott Barker, Scott Monsen and Blair Brown.
West Haven: The two at-large seats now held by Dawn Musselman and Stephanie Carlson and the final two years in the council post now held by Lacy Richards.