Filing deadline approaches for county elections
With the barrage of presidential campaigning and primary result media coverage, Carbon County residents may forget that many local governing positions will be included on the November ballot.
But the 2008 elections could shake up Carbon County in the same way a new president will the nation.
The county clerk's office will accept candidate submissions for two open commissioner seats from March 7 through March 17 at 5 p.m.
The opening seats are occupied by Commissioner Mike Milovich and Commissioner Steven Burge.
Burge recently tendered his resignation to the county, stating that he will vacate his commission seat in September.
It is undetermined whether the position will remain vacant until the November election or other action will be taken to fill the commission seat.
Candidates wishing to join the commissioner races must be United States citizens and registered voters of the county one year immediately preceding the election, according to the county clerk's office.
While no local cities have council or mayoral positions up for election, the board of education has three open seats. The positions are occupied by Barry Deeter, representing Helper; Debi Blackburn, representing south Price; and Grady McEvoy, representing central Price.
Utah District 27 will also select a senator as Mike Dmitrich's seat comes up for election.
Dmitrich has served in the Utah Legislature since 1969. He first served in the House of Representatives and moved to the Utah Senate in 1992.
In order to be eligible for positions at the Utah Legislature, a candidate must:
Be a United States citizen at the time of filing.
Be 25 years old at the filing deadline.
Be a three-year resident of the state at the filing deadline.
Be a resident for six months of the senate or representative district from which elected at the filing deadline.
For the voting public to qualify as a voter individuals must be a U.S. Citizen, a resident of Utah for at least 30 days prior to the next election, at least 18-years-old by the next election and their principal place of residence must be in a specific voting precinct in Utah.
The ballot will also include the position currently held by Scott Matheson who has served in Washington since 2001.
Lastly the county will have the opportunity to vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General as incumbents Jon Huntsman Jr., Gary R. Herbert and Mark Shurleff could vie to return for another term.