Prestige, glory of public office await those who file by March 15
If you intend to run for office this fall, now is the time to act.
Why? Because next week the filing process for open offices starts at the Carbon County Courthouse, and if one misses it, they will be out of luck until the next election.
This year there will only be a few openings in the Carbon County area for the general election that takes place in the fall. 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 Friday, March 9 and Thursday, March 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).
Other state offices open will be the Governors and Lieutenant Governors seats, as well as the State Attorney Generals position.
Two other state offices which will be open for that election cycle is that of representative for District 69 in the Utah House (currently held by Christine Watkins) and for a seat in State Senate District 27 (currently held by David Hinkins).
Locally only one position in county government will be open for election. Mike Milovich, a current county commissioner whose term 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).
As of now there are no propositions or referendums on the ballot, but that could change as the legislature ends its session and citizens with certain kinds of interests might put action into place for various measures to be placed on the voting docket in November.