Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 13, 2014
Race to November starts with filing for candidacy

Local Election Offices 2014Friday is the first day that people running for office this fall can officially file as a candidate.

Filing for positions to be elected this fall starts Friday morning and runs through March 20.

The Tooele County Clerk’s office will be open at 8 a.m. Friday to accept declarations of candidacy for state senator, state representative, all county elected officials, including two county commission seats, and three school board positions.

The two county commission seats, referred to as seats A and B, are at-large positions. Candidates may choose to file for either seat regardless of where they live. The seats are not restricted by geographic boundaries. All voters in the county may cast a vote for one person in each seat.

However, school board positions are divided by geographic districts. Candidates must live in the district they file to run in. Voters will only see candidates for the school board district in which the voter resides on their ballot.

The school board districts that are up for election this fall include 5, 6 and 7. A map of school board district boundaries may be found at the Tooele County Clerk’s website.

The general election is Nov. 4. If needed a primary election will be held June 24.

School board positions are non-partisan. If more than two people file for a school board seat, a primary will be held and the top two vote-getters will be advanced to the general election.

Each political party selects candidates to represent their party on the ballot in the general election.

This selection process begins with neighborhood caucus meetings where voters gather in groups within their voting precinct and select delegates to county and state conventions.

The delegates attend the party’s conventions where candidates are selected.

Caucus meetings for the Democratic party will be held on March 18 and the Republican party will hold caucus meetings on March 20.

The locations for the Democrat caucus meetings can be found online at www.tooeledemocrats.org and the Republican party caucus locations can be found online at www.tooelegop.org

Only people registered as a Republican can vote at Republican caucus meetings. However, caucus attendees may fill out a form and register as a Republican at the caucus meeting.

Tooele County Democrats allow any Democrat or unaffiliated voter to vote at their caucus meetings.

At the state and county party conventions, delegates will vote on candidates to appear on the ballot for their party.

Republican candidates that receive a 60 percent of the votes cast at a convention are advanced to the general election without a primary.

Tooele County Democratic Party rules require a 66 percent vote of delegates to avoid a primary at the county level.

A primary run-off between candidates of the same party will be held between the final top two vote-getters if no candidate receives enough votes at a convention to go directly to the general election.

Other positions on this fall’s general election ballot in Tooele County include U.S. House District 2 and State School Board District 3, a non-partisan position.

The Utah Attorney General’s office, vacated by the resignation of John Swallow last December, will be on this fall’s general election ballot.

Tooele County voters will also weigh in on the retention of three state Supreme Court judges, six Court of Appeals judges, thirteen 3rd District Court judges, two 3rd District Juvenile Court judges, and one Tooele County Justice Court judge. 

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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