It doesn't seem it was that long ago that an election was held that determined local leadership in communities throughout Carbon County. And now once again it is time to start thinking about the Nov. 2, 2010 election, especially if one want to run for office.
With a myriad of federal, state and local positions open, those who are politically motivated will have a choice of positions to run for.
At the federal level there is one six year senate term in contention. It is the seat presently held by Senator Bob Bennett, who will just happen to be in Price on Thursday and Friday for the Rural Business Conference. The second congressional district seat, in which Carbon County's boundaries fall, held by Rep. Jim Matheson, will also be up for grabs.
At the state level both the governor and lieutenant governor's slots will be open, but the election will only fill them for two years since Gov. Gary Herbert was put in the state's top spot with the resignation of Jon Huntsman to become the U.S. Ambassador to China. Then he appointed Greg Bell as lieutenant governor.
Closer to home both seats in the house of the Utah State Legislature will be up this year as well. Both District 69 (that represents an area from west Price east in the county, presently held by Christine Watkins of Miller Creek) and District 67 (that represents the western one third of the county, presently held by Patrick Painter of Mona) will be open for election.
One seat for the Utah State Board of Education will also be open (presently held by Dixie Allen of Vernal). This seat represents 12 counties including Carbon. In addition one position each, in voting districts four (Castle Heights, Castle Heights north, north Price, northeast Price, held by Wayne Woodward) and five (Wellington north and south, east county, East Carbon north and south, held by Ruby Cordova) on the Carbon School School Board will also be up for grabs.
At the county level the majority of the elected officials seats are open. Two four year commissioner seats are open (held by Bill Krompel and John Jones) the country attorney (held by Gene Strate), the county clerk/auditor (held by Robert Pero), the county treasurer (held by Marilyn Graham), the county assessor (held by Nancy Ferderber), the county recorder (held by Vikki Barnett), and the county sheriff's position (James Cordova) are up for election in November.
In the judicial branch of government there will be retention elections for both the court of appeals and the two judges seats (6 years) in the Seventh District Court. Justice Court judges will also have retention elections in Carbon County, Helper, Wellington and East Carbon.
The filing fees for the various offices vary ranging from $1,305 for the U.S. Senate seat to $13.20 for Utah House of Representative seats.
The filing period for all these offices takes place March 12-19.