Editor’s note: In addition to the story below about Stockton’s municipal election on Nov. 5, the mayoral candidates responded to three questions posed by the Transcript-Bulletin regarding their candidacy. Their answers can be found inside on Page 7.
The town of Stockton, with a little over 600 residents, almost escaped holding an election this fall.
With the town mayor and three council positions up for election, all four incumbents were the only candidates that filed for election by June 7, the last day of filing for this fall’s municipal elections.
Utah state law allows municipalities to cancel elections when all candidates are running unopposed. However, write-in candidates have up 45 days before the general election to register before an election can be canceled.
Stockton resident Dan Haskell, a former Tooele County teacher and coach, filed before the Sept. 6 deadline to run as a write-in candidate for Stockton mayor.
Haskell takes on incumbent Mayor Mark Whitney, who is seeking his second term as the town’s mayor.
The ballot for Stockton’s election will include the three council positions although the candidates for city council are unopposed and it is too late for write-in candidates to file.
Kendall Thomas and Dave Durtschi are running for the two four-year positions on the town council, and George Carter is running for the two-year seat.
Thomas, Durtschi, and Carter are all incumbents.