While the election of county, school board, state and federal officials on Nov. 7 may seem a long time in the future, the deadline for candidates to file to run for the elected offices is quickly approaching.
"The deadline for filing for those offices is March 17," pointed out Carbon County Deputy County Clerk Alexis Horsley on Wednesday morning.
"Most offices already have at least one person who has filed," indicated Horsley.
At the county level, two of the commissioners seats will be open for election along with all elected officials.
Currently, nearly all of the incumbents have already filed for ection to the county offices.
Steven Burge has filed a bid to serve a second term in the county commissioner/surveyor position.
William Krompel has also tossed his hat into the political arena for the county commission seat he has occupied for nearly two decades.
The incumbents who have filed bids for re-election to the remaining county offices include:
Sheriff James Cordova;
Ttresurer Marilyn Graham; and
Assessor Nancy Ferderber.
At press time, no candidates had filed for inclusion on the November ballot in the race to serve a term in the Carbon County Attorney's Office.
The only county office where an opposition candidate has filed against an incumbent is in the recorder's office.
Vikki Barnett has filed to challenge incumbent Sharon Murdock at the November election polls.
In addition, there are two positions on the Carbon County Board open for election this year.
The districts listed on the November ballot are four and five. No candidates have applied to represent district four on the school board.
In district five, Ed Chavez Jr. has filed to fill a slot that will be open because present board member Jim Leonard has moved out of that district.
At the state level, two state representatives positions are open in the Carbon County area. District 67, which includes pretty much all of the county west of Price has had no one file for the position. Patrict Painter from Juab County represented the area in the last session of the legislature.
In District 69, democrat Brad King has filed once again to fill the seat he has held for a number of years. That district represents the rest of Carbon County.
Also at the state level is a vote to retain two justices in the Utah State Supreme Court, Jill N. Parish and Ronald E. Nehling.
At the federal level, one of two Utah's Senator's seats are open. The seat presently held by Republican Orrin Hatch will be up for grabs in November. No one has filed for this office yet.
Also, all three congressional districts in the state are up for election this year, with district two being the one that represents Carbon County. At present two Republicans have filed for the seat, LaVar Christensen of Draper and Kris Lounsburg of St. George. Incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson has not filed as of Wednesday.
Once the filing has taken place both the local parties will be holding their caucus' on March 21. The Democrats will be holding their meetings in the individual precincts, while the Republicans will hold a general caucus at the College of Eastern Utah that same evening.