Hopefuls file for office, campaign season begins
Last Thursday was the last day to file for local offices and a number of candidates put their names in the ring. Some of those candidates are well known to people in the county, others are not. Here is a rundown of those running for office.
The big news comes in the filings for the single Carbon County Commission seat the is being vacated by Mike Milovich who has spent over 20 years in the office. The Democrats that are running include David Smith, Price, Price Mayor Joe L. Piccolo, Kyle Edwards, Price, who sought a seat on the commission two years ago and Mikel L. Johnson, Price.
Republicans running for the seat are Kassi Suzanne Davis, Price, David Kardelis, Helper, and Casey Hopes, Price.
Decisions about who will be the final candidates for the Nov. 6 election will come this spring or summer, depending on what happens in the two parties' county conventions.
If candidates from either party can win 70 percent of the county convention votes in the spring, then they will be on the November ballot. If they don't, there would be a primary in the summer to decide who will run on each parties ticket for commissioner.
David Hinkins, Ferron, who has represented Carbon County in State Senate District 27 for the past four years, has three challengers for his seat. He is facing Republicans Stephen White, Mapleton and Michael Stansfield. The Democrats have one person challenging Hinkins in Michael Binyon, Moab.
In the District 69 race for the House in the legislature, incumbent Democrat Christine Watkins of Miller Creek, has filed to fill the position she has held for two terms. She faces a party challenger in Stanley Larson. Republicans Jerry B. Anderson is running against her for the seat, one he sought two years ago as well.
Three local school board office for the Carbon County School District also need to be filled. In two of the three districts, lone filers will be on the ballot. They include Kristen D. Taylor, Helper, for district No.1 and Jeff Richens, Price, who presently sits on the board, for district No. 3. In district No. 2 the incumbent, Jaynie Rae Nielsen, Price, will be challenged by Melanie Fausett, Price.