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    This U.S. presidential election year, 13 local elected offices will appear on the ballot, and voters will have 15 names from which to choose to fill them.

    Grand County Council Member Greg Halliday will seek re-election to represent District 4 in Grand County, running against challenger Trisha Hedin, who works in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University-Moab. Evan Clapper will seek re-election to the second district seat, and Gabriel Woytek will seek re-election to the first district seat.

    Council Member Rory Paxman has reached his eighth consecutive year on the council and is thus not eligible to run for another consecutive term. He will vacate the District 5 seat in January, leaving Jacques Chedego Hadler the unchallenged candidate for the seat. Hadler is the manager of the Moab Cyclery.

    The second competitive race will be between Stephen J. Stocks and Kevin Walker, who will seek one of two At-Large district seats, currently held by Curtis Wells, who will not seek re-election.

    “It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve in this office since 2017,” Wells said. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work on a wide range of issues in our county with passion and focus. I’m fortunate to have a beautiful little family and I’m looking forward to having more time with them as we grow.

    “I have a strong interest in city and county government in addition to state policies that affect us in southeastern Utah. I am planning to monitor opportunities to serve in public office moving forward and will undoubtedly seek to uphold my family’s long history of civic responsibility in southeastern Utah.”

    Unchallenged candidates

    Besides Clapper and Woytek, nine other candidates are running unchallenged for local offices in Grand County.

    For the Grand County School Board, in district two, running for re-election is the board’s current chair Melissa Byrd. The remaining two seats up for election this year will be vacated by Peggy Nissen and Jim Webster, who announced in February that they would be retiring from the board.

    Running unchallenged to represent the third district of the school board is Stephen Kennedy, and for the fifth district, Ariel Atkins.

    For the remaining elected Grand County offices, the current incumbents to the offices will run for re-election. Debbie Swasey will seek re-election as the Grand County Assessor; Quinn Hall will seek re-election to remain Grand County Clerk and Auditor; John Alan Cortes will seek re-election to remain Grand County Recorder; Lucas Blake will seek re-election to remain Grand County Surveyor; and Chris Kauffman will seek re-election to the Grand County Treasurer’s office.

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