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Time for candidates to declare in Valley West area races

Published May 30, 2013 3:34 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Valley West area elections

If you're interested in running for a city office, it's almost time to throw your hat into the ring. The candidate filing period for potential mayors and council members is June 1-7. Because city halls are closed on weekends, candidate have just five days — June 3-7 during business hours — to submit a declaration of candidacy in person. If your city operates under a four-day week, confirm the deadline because it could be earlier.

General city elections are nonpartisan and held in odd-numbered years. The staggered terms are for four years (except when the position is for an unexpired term), with about half the seats up for election each time. A candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the city for at least 12 months immediately before the election to run.

At-large seats are filled by a vote of the entire city's electorate; district seat holders are selected by voters in the district. If elected from a council district, the candidate must live in that district.

If more than two candidates file for a seat, a primary will be held Aug. 13 to narrow the field to two. The general election is Nov. 5; winners take office in January.

The seats up for election are:

Taylorsville

Mayor • Jerry Rechtenbach, running

District 3 (southeast) • Brad Christopherson (two-year term)

District 4 (southwest) • Dama Barbour

District 5 (northwest) • Larry Johnson

Tooele

Mayor • Patrick Dunlavy, undecided

Two at-large council seats • Scott Wardle and Debbie Winn

West Valley City

Mayor • Mike Winder, not running

At-large • Don Christensen

District 2 (southeast) • Steve Buhler

District 4 (southwest) • Steve Vincent —

Valley West city elections

If you're interested in running for a city office, it's almost time to throw your hat into the ring. The candidate filing period for potential mayors and council members is June 1-7. Because city halls are closed on weekends, candidate have just five days — June 3-7 during business hours — to submit a declaration of candidacy in person. If your city operates under a four-day week, confirm the deadline because it could be earlier.

General city elections are nonpartisan and held in odd-numbered years. The staggered terms are for four years (except when the position is for an unexpired term), with about half the seats up for election each time. A candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the city for at least 12 months immediately before the election to run.

At-large seats are filled by a vote of the entire city's electorate; district seat holders are selected by voters in the district. If elected from a council district, the candidate must live in that district.

If more than two candidates file for a seat, a primary will be held Aug. 13 to narrow the field to two. The general election is Nov. 5; winners take office in January.

The seats up for election are:

Taylorsville

Mayor • Jerry Rechtenbach, running

District 3 (southeast) • Brad Christopherson (two-year term)

District 4 (southwest) • Dama Barbour

District 5 (northwest) • Larry Johnson

Tooele

Mayor • Patrick Dunlavy, undecided

Two at-large council seats • Scott Wardle and Debbie Winn

West Valley City

Mayor • Mike Winder, not running

At-large • Don Christensen

District 2 (southeast) • Steve Buhler

District 4 (southwest) • Steve Vincent