'Super Dell' files for mayor of Saratoga Springs

Published July 14, 2009 7:11 pm
Politics » The mayor of 10 years is not seeking re-election.
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"Super" Dell Schanze wants to be in charge of the city where he is facing traffic charges.

Schanze, 39, filed last week to run in Saratoga Springs' mayoral race, hoping to succeed longtime mayor Timothy L. Parker, who isn't seeking re-election.

City Recorder Lori Yates said Schanze filed an application July 6.

Schanze declined to answer questions about his candidacy unless they were e-mailed to him in advance.

"You guys always flat-out lie," Schanze said.

On his declaration of candidacy, Schanze listed a Salt Lake City strip mall as his address, even though he lives in Saratoga Springs.

Yates said Schanze does not want the public to know where he actually lives, and she said the lieutenant governor's office said he could list a different address to protect his privacy.

Mark Thomas, Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert's office administrator, said people can put any address down on their candidate declaration. However, he said anyone can also challenge a declaration within five days after today's filing deadline.

"I'll tell you he's registered in Saratoga Springs," Thomas said.

Parker had no comment on Schanze's decision to run for his old job.

"I have encouraged anyone who wants to be mayor to run for office," said Parker, who is stepping down after 10 years at the city's helm.

This is not the first trip down the campaign trail for Schanze, former owner and pitchman for "Totally Awesome Computers" and "Totally Awesome Guns."

In 2008, he initially planned to run for Salt Lake County mayor but opted instead to run against Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. In that campaign, Schanze used an autodialer to tell voters Huntsman was "an anti-Christ socialist" who was blocking technology that would allow cars to run on water.

He lost the election.

Schanze has also had his share of brushes with the law.

In 2006, he was acquitted of illegally brandishing a firearm when angry Draper residents confronted him, accusing him of speeding through their neighborhood. He was found guilty of lying to police about the incident, was give one year's probation and fined $522.

That same year, Schanze pleaded no contest to committing a public nuisance after he buzzed traffic on Interstate 15 in an ultralight aircraft. He was fined $300, placed on probation for a year and ordered to undergo counseling.

In April, Schanze was pulled over in Saratoga Springs and accused of reckless driving, three counts of child seat-belt violations and illegally carrying a concealed weapon in his car.

Schanze was pulled over, police say, after they saw him weaving in and out of traffic on Redwood Road.

The gun charge was dropped after a new law allowing people to carry guns in their cars without permits went into effect. The traffic violations will be heard in the city's justice court in August.

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