Filing deadline near for local office candidates
While the Republican presidental hopefuls fight it out in the primaries in various states, the process of looking toward local elections is occurring right here in Carbon County.
This year there will only be a few openings in the Carbon County area for the general election. Depending on what happens at conventions later this year, a primary could take place too.
The general election will take place on Nov. 6, but the filing date for candidates for all offices is coming up fast. There are five business days in which a person can register for state and local offices and that period comes between March 9-15
In terms of national elections, local voters in November will be selecting a president/vice president, a congressional representative for the revamped District 3 (now held by Jason Chaffetz) and for a U.S. senator (now held by Orrin Hatch). The only state office which will be open for that cycle is that of representative for District 69 in the Utah House (currently held by Christine Watkins).
Locally only one position in county government will be open for election. Mike Milovich, a current county commissioner whose seat will be up has stated that he does not intend to run again. That means the position will be vacant.
Also three seats on the Carbon School District Board of Education will be up. Those seats are from Districts 1, 2 and 3 (presently held by Barry Deeter, Janie Rae Nielsen, and Jeff Richens, respectively).
Beyond the positions that will be open, County Clerk/Auditor Robert Pero said on Tuesday that there will be some changes in voting districts when November rolls around.
"With all this redistricting this past year we learned that some of the voting precincts around Scofield were not correct," he said. "The previous precinct was entirely tied to Scofield including areas around Clear Creek and the residents along the shore and up in the hills outside of the town itself. Those areas should not have been included in voting within Scofield."
Pero pointed out that because of that voters from outside the township will be voting in a new precinct called Pleasant Valley.
In addition Pero said the county is possibly going to look at consolidating some of the the voting districts in the county.
"We will be doing this largely because of ADA requirements," he stated. "We are monitored closely about polling places where it is hard for the physically challenged to make it inside and we have a number of them. We need to look at those areas more closely before the election."
He also said a number of places where polling has been done in the past didn't have adequate parking for the number of people going in and out of the polls.