For you as a Tooele County voter, elections are another 70 days away — but who’s counting? We are, for the clerk’s office is already getting ready.
For example, the ballot is being programmed and will be mailed to “By-Mail” and “Absentee Voters” by the first week in October. If someone in your family is in the military, on a mission, or will be out of the county on Nov. 4, please have them vote with a By-Mail ballot. We can send the paper ballot, or email them a ballot if they are overseas. If they are out of the county, we can mail them a ballot.
Some consider this an “off year” election because it doesn’t include a presidential election. I disagree. Every office in the county is up for election, except for one commission seat. Other offices on the ballot include: U.S. House of Representatives in Tooele County’s District #2; Attorney General for the state of Utah; State Senate (District #12 and #17); State House (District #21 and #68); State School Board (District #3); and local school board (District #5, #6 and #7).
There are also three Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, and a special bond election for the Tooele County School District.
Your life is touched by a number of those positions. Therefore, it’s important that you decide who you want in those offices making decisions that affect you and your family. To keep you better informed, there will be biographies on each of the candidates (that submit them) on the state and county’s websites beginning next month. I will let you know when they are available.
There will also be “Meet the Candidates” opportunities. Take advantage of these resources, decide who you think would do the best job, and then hold them accountable. They (we) all work for you.
In other areas of concern, the county currently has 38 boards and special service districts. In conjunction with our IT Department, we have been able to put a lot of information about these boards on the county website. You can find the name of the board, a description of what the board does, who is on the board and an email address to contact board members.
I receive many phone calls wanting to know who is serving on what board and why they made the decision they made. While I can’t tell you why they made the decision, I can give you access to the members and a way to contact them. Please remember, for the most part they are all volunteers and put in a lot of time to make Tooele County the marvelous place it is.
Last week I reviewed the different programs the county has to help with your taxes. The deadline for abatement programs is Sept. 1. Please make sure you go to the Tooele County Auditor’s Office if you think you may qualify. They will be glad to help you.
Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk