Sheriff Steven White will run unopposed for sheriff and Lucas Blake will seek the office of surveyor without opposition. Chris Baird and Lisa DeRees will run for county clerk/auditor. Six people have signed up to run for county council: In council district one Brian Ballard will run against Terry Morse. In council district three Natalie McDowell will oppose incumbent Jaylyn Hawks for the position of council member at-large, and Norman Knapp will run against incumbent Mary McGann.
Christina Sloan, Steven Byers and Stephen Stocks have expressed interest in the position of county attorney.
The deadline for submission of completed signature petitions to the county clerk’s office is Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m.
At the federal level, Republican Mitt Romney is no longer alone in the race for U.S. Senate. St. George attorney Larry Meyers has declared his candidacy and will be seeking the GOP nomination through the caucus-convention system. Romney seeks to get on the ballot by gathering signatures, rather than winning delegates through the caucus system. Democrat Jenny Wilson has also declared her candidacy, but trails Romney in polls, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Representative John Curtis, who won a special election after the resignation of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, will run for re-election for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Curtis told The Times-Independent that, if re-elected, advocating for small business would be a priority for him. He also expressed concerns about the proposed Arches reservation system.
“I would like to see a lot of thought put into that before anything goes forward. I would like to see the impact on the local economy. I would like to see that we have discussed the possibility and make sure that anything done by the park would not have an adverse effect on the local community,” Curtis said.
The primary election will be held June 26. The general election in Utah is scheduled for Nov. 6.