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    Candidates for Nov. 2 county elections must file by March 19

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    Grand County voters will choose to reelect or replace 11 local elected officials in this fall’s Nov. 2 elections.

    In addition to two members for the Grand County Board of Education, three members of the Grand County Council must either step down or stand for re-election, along with the sheriff, the clerk/auditor, the treasurer, the assessor, the recorder, and the county attorney.

    Valid petitions must be presented by 5 p.m. to Grand County Clerk Diana Carroll between the dates of March 12 and March 19 by candidates for any of those positions.

    There is no indication of how many of the incumbents will stand for re-election because “nobody can declare until that time,” said Grand County Chief Deputy Clerk/Auditor Jana Smith, who oversees the election process.

    A map showing the precincts represented by two school board members is available at the Grand County School District website,

    School board president Kaaron Jorgen, whose term expires this year, represents Spanish Valley, Castle Valley, Thompson, and Green River.

    School board member Brian Walston’s current term also expires this year. He represents school precinct 1, which includes the central and southern area of Moab.

    Council members whose terms expire this year are Pat Holyoak, who represents a district covering the central and southern part of Moab, Bob Greenberg, who represents council District 1, which covers Moab city north of Mill Creek Drive, and the western part of Spanish Valley, and Gene Ciarus, who holds an at-large council seat representing voters throughout Grand County.

    Countywide offices up for grabs this year include the offices currently held by Grand County Clerk/Auditor Carroll, Sheriff Jim Nyland, Grand County Treasurer Peggy Taylor, Grand County Assessor Dorothy Gough, Grand County Recorder Merlene Dalton, and Grand County Attorney Happy Morgan.

    Petitions for countywide offices may be signed by residents who live anywhere in the county so long as they are registered to vote in the county, Smith said.

    All Grand County elected offices are non-partisan and office seekers do not officially identify themselves with any political party, Smith said.

    ByBy Craig Bigler

    contributing writer

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