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Six candidates to face off in primary election, six others running unopposed

Article Date: 
25 March, 2014 - 13:27

Six candidates will find themselves involved in the primary election for seats on the Morgan County School Board. At the same time, six other county residents who filed as candidates for one of the 14 local positions up for grabs will run unopposed in their campaigns.
Incumbent Bruce A. Galbraith will join opponents Roland Haslam and Ted W. Taylor in the primary election for the four-year District 2 Morgan School Board. Incumbent Mark A. Farmer will face opponents Anna Phelps and Alan Vesper in a primary election for the four-year District 4 Morgan School Board seat.
Morgan County Attorney Jann L. Farris, Sheriff Blaine Breshears and Treasurer Bonnie B. Thomson will retain their elected county positions, since all are running for their positions unopposed. The attorney and sheriff’s positions are four-year seats, while the treasurer’s is a six-year position.
Both incumbent Morgan County Councilmen Austin F. Turner and Ned L. Mecham will run unopposed to retain their four-year seats on the council. John Barber is running unopposed for the Morgan County Council District 2 four-year position currently held by Lyle Nelson.
David V. Sawyer and Tina Cannon will be on the November ballot for a four-year seat on the Morgan County Council representing District 1. After two terms on the council, incumbent Tina Kelley did not re-file due to term limitations.
Incumbent Morgan County Assessor Gwen D. Rich will face off with Candice Caldwell in an effort to retain another six-year position. Janet Thornton will join current County Clerk Stacy Netz Lafitte on November’s ballot for a four-year position. Incumbent County Recorder Brenda D. Nelson will be challenged by Tina M. Heath in November for a six-year position.
Two Morgan residents filed for the House of Representatives District 53 position including Democratic candidate Ray L. Worthen and Republican candidate Blaine D. Hone. Melvin R. Brown currently represents Dagget, Duchesne, Morgan, Rich and Summit counties and filed for re-election. John B. Zimmerman, a Republican from Wanship, also filed for the position.
Local Lars Birkeland will face off with Ann Milner, former Weber State University president, for the Republican Party nod for the Utah State Senate 18 position. Republican delegates will consider Birkeland and Milner at their April county and state conventions. Democrat Mat Wenzel and Libertarian Dwight Steffner, both Ogden residents, also filed for the Senate 18 position, which is currently filled by Sen. Stuart Reid, who did not file to retain his position.
Seven locals crammed the list for a shot at a four-year position on the Utah State School Board District 1. Matthew Barr, Kera Birkeland, Angie Bledsoe, Lanelle Brough Butterfield, Jennie L. Earl, Lydia Nuttall and Pamela Smith are all candidates for the position. The seven Morgan residents go up against three other candidates: Terryl Warner of Hyrum, David L. Clark of Providence, and Bryce B. Day of Perry. Warner was recently appointed to the seat after Tami W. Pyfer stepped down.