Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 12, 2013
Some elections canceled due to few candidates

It may sound un-American, but three towns and two improvement districts in Tooele County have canceled their Nov. 5 elections.

The people who filed to run for office in Ophir, Rush Valley and Vernon, and the Lake Point Improvement District and Stansbury Improvement District, will take office without a single voter marking a ballot.

By a Sept. 6 deadline, nobody filed to run as a write-in candidate for the posts. As a result, a law passed by the state legislature in 2011 will allow incumbents and unopposed candidates to serve because they have no opponent.

In Ophir, Walt Shubert, who has been the town’s mayor for 28 years, was the only one to file for mayor.

Incumbent council member Bob Johnson was the only candidate to file for one of three positions open on the Ophir Town Council.

The other two positions on the Ophir Town Council will be filled by Scott Degelbeck and Bobbi Earp, who both are unopposed write-in candidates.

Rush Valley Mayor Brian Johnson is alone on the ballot for Rush Valley mayor. William Harding and Allan Anderton are the only candidates for two town council positions in Rush Valley.

In Vernon, Bruce Thomas, who originally filed for town council, is now an unopposed write-in candidate for mayor. Rodney Manzione and Kris Anderberg are unopposed candidates for Vernon Town Council, which has three positions open. The third position will be filled through an appointment by the current council members.

The Stansbury Park Improvement District has two seats open for trustees and only two residents—Tom Porter and J. Robert Shields—have filed to run.

Four people filed for positions on the board of trustees for the Lake Point Improvement District and there are four positions open. Todd May, Brady Morris, Mary Lyn Robbins, and Mitch Hall have filed for the board of trustees.

In Stockton, Dan Haskell filed to run as a write-in candidate for mayor, opposing incumbent Mayor Mark Whitney.

Prior to Haskell’s entry into the race, all of Stockton’s candidates were unopposed. His entry as a write-in stopped the cancellation of Stockton’s election.

Stockton also has three people running for three council positions: David Durtschi, George Carter and Kendall Thomas.

While Ophir, Rush Valley, Vernon, and Lake Point won’t have elections, voters will go to the polls on Nov. 5 in Tooele City, Grantsville, Stockton, Wendover, the North Tooele County Fire District, the Stansbury Recreation Special Service District, and the Stansbury Green Belt Service Agency.

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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