Filing deadline approaching for November candidates
by Rose Egelhoff
The Times-Independent
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​ Considering a run for office? The filing window for the November election is March 9 to 15. There are a variety of offices open, including the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Grand County.

​ With Sen. Orrin Hatch on his way out, 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has declared his intention to run for the Senate in Utah. Republican Rep. John Curtis will also be up for re-election. Curtis assumed the office of representative for Utah’s 3rd district in November 2017, winning a special election after the resignation of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

​ One member of the Utah House of Representatives will be up for election for a two-year term. One member of the State Board of Education will be elected to represent District 14, which includes Grand County, for a four-year term.

​ In the county, several important positions are on the ballot this November. Grand County Attorney, Clerk/Auditor, Sheriff and Surveyor will all be up for election. The Times-Independent has confirmed that bookkeeper Lisa DeRees and former Grand County Council Member Chris Baird intend to run for the Clerk/Auditor position.

Incumbent Grand County Clerk/Auditor Diana Carroll, who was first elected in 2006 and took office in 2007, did not respond to multiple emails or phone calls from The Times-Independent regarding whether she would seek re-election in November.

​ Three county council seats will be open: District 1 (currently held by Patrick Trim), District 3 (currently held by Jaylyn Hawks) and the At-Large County Council Member (currently held by Mary McGann). Hawks and McGann have confirmed with The Times-Independent that they will be running for re-election.

​ One Utah Supreme Court judge, one Court of Appeals seat and all Justice Court judges will run in an unopposed retention election. There will also be a ballot proposition (H.J.R. 7) to amend the Utah Constitution, adding a property tax exemption for active military personnel.

​ For those interested in filing as candidates for any position, the period for gathering signatures began Jan. 2 and ends March 15. The filing period for justices and judges begins July 2 and ends July 16. The filing period for all other offices begins March 9 and ends March 15. Prospective candidates can contact the Grand County Clerk’s Office at 435-259-1321.

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