In race resignation that resulted in a last-minute change to the ballot, candidate Clay Rich withdrew from the Morgan County Council at-large race against Roland Haslam. Now, Haslam will be the lone candidate on the mailed-out ballots for the four-year position.
All three Morgan County Council seats—Robert Kilmer (District 3), Daryl Ballantyne (District 4) and now Haslam’s (at large)—will be uncontested this election cycle. Three school board seats will also be on the ballot—two contested in Districts 3 and 5, and one uncontested in District 1.
Haslam will take over the seat left by Logan Wilde, who is the Republican Party’s nominee for the Utah House District 53 position on this year’s ballot.
Both Haslam and Rich have served on the Morgan County Planning Commission, with stints as that body’s chairman. They have also both run for a spot on the Morgan County School Board. They grew up knowing each other while attending Morgan schools, and both previously admitted publicly that either candidate would do well serving on the county council.
Rich told The Morgan County News he withdrew from the race to make it easier for Haslam to be elected.
Roland Briar Haslam, 54, is a self-employed excavation contractor. He has lived in Morgan County for 49 years.
Haslam’s past political experience includes serving on the Morgan High School Community Council as well as on the Morgan County Planning Commission since March 2010. He is the current planning commission chairman, a position he has held since March 2012. In 2014, Haslam lost a primary race that sent Ted W. Taylor and Bruce A. Galbraith on to the ballot for the Morgan County School Board District 2 seat.
Haslam said he chose to run for a County Council seat because he cares about this county and has a desire to serve the community. He says the biggest issue facing Morgan County now is growth. If elected, he will “look at what’s best for the county and citizens.”
For more information on Haslam, you can also review coverage of his views shared during a political debate that was published on the front page of The Morgan County News on Sept. 23.