For most of the county, next Tuesday will pass by almost unnoticed. But for Grantsville residents, there is a herd of political candidates that will have to be thinned.
For mayor, incumbent Brent Marshall is running against his last-election foe Jill Thomas, as well as political newcomers Michael Tate and Silas Smith.
For the two city council seats up for election, incumbents Mike Colson and Tom Tripp, who was appointed to fill James Vera’s vacancy in 2012, will run against Josh Wingfield, Danny A. Johnson, Morgan Swenson, Allen Muhlestein and Eric Stromberg.
Early voting was originally slated for Wednesday, but was canceled prior to the two-hour window scheduled at the Grantsville Senior Citizens Center. Tooele County Clerk Marilyn Gillette said the day was canceled at the beginning of last week after a review of voting law.
“Every election we have early voting down at the senior center, but if you have one day of early voting, you have to have four,” she said. “Obviously the county can’t pay for four days of early voting; early voting is very expensive. We were going to do it at the senior center, but then I looked at the law and saw that we’d have four, so we canceled.”
A notice of the cancellation was posted at the senior center and in the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce newsletter, she said. Anyone who is unable to vote in the regularly scheduled primary election may vote by absentee ballot, she said.
The Aug. 13 primary election will be held at the Grantsville Fire Station, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Valid voter identification is required.