While time flies for everyone, for an elected official the four years from one election to another must have supersonic wings. It seems we just put the 2010 election to bed and here it is time for county officials to run again. The offices up for this year, along with their filing fees, are:
U.S. House of Representatives – $485
Attorney General – $308.90
Utah Senator – $79.80
Utah House of Representatives – $64.90
State Board of Education – $65
Court of Record Judge or Justice – $50
County Offices – ($50 + 0.00125 x term x annual salary)
Commission Seat A & B – $362.16 each
Assessor – $617.53*
Attorney – $571.84
Clerk/Auditor – $428.35
Recorder/Surveyor – $647.45*
Sheriff – $457.17
Treasurer – $647.45*
Justice Court Judge – $25
Local Board of Education – $50*
* Indicates office term for this election is six years. These offices are being moved to the Presidential election year ballot, therefore the term for these offices for this election only will be for six years.
For the official notice regarding filing fees, please see Public Notices in the Classifieds section of this newspaper. The filing fees are based on current law. The Legislature may make changes to the filing fees, as well as to the Candidate Filing Forms. Therefore, candidates will not be able to pick up forms until after the Legislative Session ends on March 13, 2014. This is perfect timing, Candidate Filing begins Friday, March 14 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and ends Thursday, March 20 at 5 p.m.
Election Judges: It was mentioned in a Letter to the Editor titled, “Accept Modern Change,” that Tooele County Election Judges are volunteers. In essence they are; however, to set the record straight, our election judges get paid less than minimum wage for working 12 to 16 hour days. These individuals are well trained, committed and patriotic. They also care a great deal about helping Tooele County voters cast their ballots with ease and with the security it will be counted correctly. You are welcome to ridicule me, but don’t mess with my election judges!
With the Legislative Session in full swing, you will find me most days on Capitol Hill — at least for a portion of the day. I am the Chairperson of the Clerk’s Legislative Committee, and we are watching 13 bills that have to do with everything from requiring you to prove you are a U. S. Citizens to vote, to eliminating Vote By Mail.
We have spoken in committee meetings about why a bill should go forward, or should not. We have explained why allowing people to register on election day and at voting locations will create confusion and long lines. So if I don’t get right back to you when you call or email, please know that I will within 24 hours.
Tooele County Senior Citizens: Come join us during your breakfast at the Tooele Senior Center on Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or at the Grantsville Senior Center on Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. On those dates we will have a participation activity on the voting machines to let seniors feel confident on the machines before the elections this year.
This is a bi-partisan event. Come and help us prove Republicans and Democrats can work together! No pressure. Just come and have fun.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-843-3148.
Marilyn K. Gillette in the Tooele County Clerk