It is time to vote—if you live in Tooele City, Grantsville, Stockton, Wendover, the Stansbury Recreation Service Agency, and the North Tooele County Fire Department.
While election day is officially on Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters in Tooele City started voting early on Oct. 22. Early voting in Tooele City will continue through Friday, Nov. 1.
Grantsville voters had an opportunity to vote early on Oct. 23 at the Grantsville Senior Center.
“So far a total of 338 voters throughout the county have cast votes, which is 3.8 percent of the registered voters,” said Tooele County Clerk Marilyn Gillette, around 5 p.m. Wednesday. “We also have 699 vote by mail ballot requests.”
Early voting for Tooele City is being conducted in the clerk’s office with two voting machines at work.
“Voters have been coming pretty steady,” Gillette said. “At times we may have a small line, but it doesn’t last long. There is a short ballot and most of the people that come in already know who they are voting for.”
For those not voting early, polls will open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 5 and remain open until 8 p.m. A complete list of poll locations with a map and other election information can be found on B-8.
In Tooele City, Mayor Patrick Dunlavy is being challenged by Councilman Dave McCall, while Tom Poyner, Scott Wardle, and Debbie Winn are vying for two seats on the Tooele City Council.
In Grantsville, Mayor Brent Marshall and Michael Tate were winners in last August’s primary run-off for mayor. Jill Thomas filed as a write-in candidate for mayor of Grantsville.
Mike Colson, Erik Stromberg, Tom Tripp, and Danny Johnson are all running for the two available seats on the Grantsville City Council.
Stockton almost avoided an election this fall. Incumbent Mark Whitney was running unopposed for mayor and George Carter, Kendall Thomas, and David Durtschi were the only candidates for three positions on the town council.
However, Dan Haskell registered as a write-in candidate for mayor so Stockton will have an election. The three town council positions will appear on the ballot, although they are running unopposed.
Stansbury Park Recreation Service Agency residents have Scott Trotman, Jamie Lindsay, and Randall Jones to choose from to fill two slots on the service agency board.
A total of five people—Mike Frieden, Russell Yates, Faye Hall, Scot Bissegger and Harold Betts—are running for two open positions on the North Tooele County Fire Special Service District Board.
In Wendover, possibly the last city in Utah to have partisan municipal elections, Democrat Mayor Mike Crawford faces a challenge from Republican LaMar Melville.
Two Republicans, Tom Carlisle and Gordon Stewart, and Democrat Dennis Sweat, are campaigning for two positions on the Wendover City Council.
There will be no elections in Ophir, Rush Valley, Vernon, the Lake Point Improvement District, the Stansbury Park Improvement District, or the Stansbury Greenbelt Service Agency. All the candidates in these towns and service agencies are running unopposed. State law allows these candidates to take office without an election.
Voters in Stockton and Grantsville that want to vote for a write-in candidate must select “write-in,” on their voting machine, which will bring up a keyboard and then they can type in the candidate’s name. Exact spelling is not required. Only votes for registered write-in candidates, Thomas in Grantsville and Haskell in Stockton, will be counted.
The Nov. 5 issue of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin will be delivered on the morning of Nov. 6 and it will report on the election results.