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Two Republicans dueling for Salt Lake County Council seat
Politics » Republicans outline plans if they win seat on council.

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Both candidates expect Millcreek residents to vote to incorporate this November and emphasized the need for the county to plan for the loss of that area — and its tax revenues.

They also agreed that Nimer’s sexual orientation — he is gay and the former president of Utah Log Cabin Republicans — will not be an issue in the election.

At a glance

Meet Melvin Nimer

Party » Republican

Age » 62

Family » Five children, 10 grandchildren, engaged

Occupation » President of New Start Business Services Inc. and Air Sim Corp.

Education » Graduate of Orem High and Brigham Young University

Civic experience » Past president Utah Log Cabin Republicans, former treasurer of Utah Pride Center

Fun fact » A former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, he’s a private pilot and “a bit of a computer nerd.”

Meet Joseph Demma

Party » Republican

Age » 34

Family » Wife Lisa

Occupation » Director of communications, Utah Department of Workforce Services

Education » Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nevada

Civic experience » Co-founder of “Be Ready Utah” emergency preparedness program, co-founder of Family Justice Center capital campaign

Fun fact » He and his wife are the “parents” of two Labrador retrievers, Andee and Zoey.

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The County Council already has its first openly gay member: Arlyn Bradshaw, who was elected two years ago.

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