Tooele City voters who want to see mayoral and council candidates debate key city issues will have their chance next week.
On Oct. 17, a debate will be held at the Tooele Applied Technology College. It is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. One hour before the debate, a “Meet the Candidates” forum will be held in TATC’s lobby.
Both the debate and forum are sponsored by Tooele City and are being conducted under the direction of Councilmember Brad Pratt.
There are two candidates seeking to be Tooele City’s next mayor, and three candidates are running for two positions on the Tooele City Council. In the council race, voters will vote for up to two candidates on the ballot, and the top two vote-getters will win the two council seats.
Tooele City Mayor Patrick Dunlavy is seeking a third term. Dunlavy served as Tooele City Recorder until he successfully ran for mayor in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009.
Tooele City Council Chairman Dave McCall is challenging Dunlavy for the mayoral seat. McCall was first elected to the council in 2007. He is a human resources and training manager for C. Martin Company, a Dugway Proving Ground contractor.
“It is nothing personal,” said McCall of his bid to unseat Dunlavy while speaking at a Tooele County Chamber of Commerce candidates luncheon Wednesday. “I have enjoyed working with Mayor Dunlavy for six years. This is just something I feel I need to do at this time.”
Dunlavy also spoke at the chamber luncheon and stressed his record of accomplishments, including updating infrastructure such as sewer and water while maintaining a fiscally sound budget for the city.
“I’ve tried to make our community better,” he said.
Candidates for Tooele City Council include Tom Poyner, Scott Wardle, and Debbie Winn.
Tom Poyner works in contract compliance at Tooele Army Depot and serves on the Tooele City Planning Commission.
Scott Wardle is seeking his third four-year term on the council. Wardle was first elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. He is the past chairman of the city council and works as an L.D.S. seminary teacher at Tooele High School.
Debbie Winn was appointed to the city council in January 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Shawn Milne who left the council after being elected to the Tooele County Commission. She is the past executive director of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Tooele Senior Center lead worker.
According to Councilman Brad Pratt, all of the candidates will be on hand in the TATC lobby on Oct. 17 starting at 6 p.m.
The candidates will have tables with presentation material and will meet citizens as they arrive for the debate.
At 7 p.m. the action will move into room 117 of the TATC for the debate.
Tooele County Clerk Marilyn Gillette will give a brief presentation on election procedures and early voting. Next, each candidate will have two minutes to give an introduction about themselves to the audience.
After the introductions, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin Editor David Bern will moderate the debate between the candidates. Questions for the debate will be provided by the public that have been submitted via email.
A form to submit questions for the candidates can be found at www.tooelecity.org. The deadline for questions was originally announced as Oct. 10, but Pratt has extended the deadline to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.
Following the debate’s question and answer session, candidates will have the opportunity to direct questions at each other. Candidates will have 90 seconds to respond to questions.
Refreshments will be served in the TATC kitchen area after the debate.
All Tooele City voters are encouraged to attend. The TATC is located at 88 S. Tooele Boulevard in Tooele City. The “Meet the candidates” session will run from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. and the debate will start at 7 p.m. in room 117.
Election day arrives in less than four weeks. With early voting available, some voters may be marking their ballots in less than two weeks.