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OGDEN — The race for the Weber County fee spot that’s coming open is the marquee county race this cycle.
It’s the highest-profile county contest on the poll, anyway.
Republican Jim Harvey, the incumbent in seat C, the submit up for grabs, is looking for his second time period, challenged by Democrat Alex McDonald. The opposite fee seats held by Scott Jenkins and Gage Froerer, who’re additionally Republicans, aren’t on the poll this cycle.
On his marketing campaign website, Harvey touted a few of the fee’s accomplishments throughout his tenure. Since becoming a member of the physique in 2017 the fee “eradicated the self-serving retirement golden parachute for elected officers and lowered the Weber County normal tax price in all 15 cities.” He cites libraries, training and financial development as precedence considerations, but additionally notes the significance of “wholesome communication and belief” in addressing the problems.
McDonald, retired from a job with a nonprofit group that helps with organ donation, touted what he mentioned can be his skill to deal with the job.
“I’m now retired, haven’t any outdoors enterprise pursuits and won’t be distracted or influenced by different obligations. I shall be representing each constituency all through Weber County,” he mentioned on his marketing campaign website. Although the fee submit is thought to be a full-time job, the three incumbent commissioners have pursuits in different companies.
The one different contested county race is for the Weber County recorder submit. Republican incumbent Leann Kilts of Plain Metropolis, looking for her second time period, faces a problem from Samuel Leake of North Ogden.
“She has 38 years of recorder expertise and 5 years managing a surveyor division,” Kilts’ marketing campaign Facebook page reads. “She is going to try to guard, protect and current official paperwork and is dedicated to Weber County!”
Leake, a pupil at Weber State College, is working “to make sure that values of transparency and integrity are on the forefront of the workplace,” reads a press release about him from the Weber County Democratic Party website.
County Assessor John Ulibarri and County Treasurer John Bond are uncontested of their bids for reelection. Democrat Joshua Pope had filed within the treasurer’s race however later withdrew his candidacy.
Equally, 5 county posts on the poll in Davis County are all uncontested. The incumbents, County Commissioner Randy Elliott, County Assessor Dale Peterson, County Recorder Richard Maughan, County Surveyor Max Elliott and County Treasurer Mark Altom, all Republicans, are working unopposed.
‘WE CAN DO BETTER!’Seat C on the Weber County Fee is an at-large submit, which means all voters within the county could vote within the race.
Harvey managed the county-owned Gold Spike Occasion Heart for a few years earlier than working for and successful the fee submit in 2016. The elimination of the “golden parachute” he references in his literature was the controversial perk permitting outgoing elected county officers to get a payout on leaving workplace that reached $66,000 for some. Created in 2014, simply six officers benefitted from the coverage earlier than its elimination, accumulating $366,564.28 between them.
The property tax discount affecting residents within the county’s 15 locales, totaling round $500,000, was offset by a rise for residents of unincorporated Weber County that collectively boosted their taxes by round $364,000.
Other than particular coverage actions, Harvey touted his management fashion.
“He believes in a administration fashion that empowers individuals to develop and enhance, a lot in order that they might finally lead on their very own,” reads his web site. “This builds belief and improves efficiency and effectivity in them. Underneath Jim’s management, the staff now take pleasure in the next job satisfaction.”
McDonald mentioned he would put a giant deal with bringing higher-paying jobs to Weber County, selling technical training and inspiring improvement of inexpensive housing.
“With all Weber County has to supply, freeway and rail transportation, entry to Hill Air Drive Base, Enterprise Depot Ogden, Ogden-Weber Utilized Expertise Faculty and world-class recreation, we will do higher!” his web site reads.
The Weber County League of Ladies Voters is planning on holding a digital candidate discussion board function Harvey and McDonald on Oct. 15.
Ballots are to be mailed to voters in October and voting culminates Nov. 3, 2020.
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