Mel Brown has a family tradition of political service. His father ran for the state legislature when Brown was young, and he and his brother have both served as Utah’s speaker of the house. Brown is a man who has years of experience in the legislative process, and strong connections to the area he serves.
When one gets involved in politics in Morgan County it is only a matter of minutes before encountering Larry Hatch. Hatch is easily the most active person in the County in politics. He serves as the Chairman for the Republican Party. Although Hatch clearly communicates conservative values, he has been diligent in ensuring that all voices and all viewpoints be heard, whenever possible.
Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris. Lundgren currently serves on the County Council. Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State. After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU.
Jann Farris is the County Attorney for Morgan County. His current term ends this year, and he is running for his second term as Morgan County Attorney. Attorney Al Lundgren, who is currently serving on the Morgan County Council, is running against him.
Morgan County officially has a new council member as of 9:00 am Monday morning. Don Matthews was sworn in as the replacement for David Gardiner for District Five by Stacy Lafitte, county clerk. Gardiner recently resigned from the position when he moved out of the county.
Jeremy Barker is a candidate for the County Council at large B seat. Barker is running against Ned Mecham.
Barker’s mother is from France and he is a native French speaker. His father is from Bountiful. Barker was born in Centerville, the oldest of five children, and grew up in that area. He graduated from Viewmont High School in 1993. He and his wife Sharon have two children, a boy and a girl, and one on the way.
Monday night in a special session of the county council the applicants for County Council District Five were reviewed. There were two applicants, Donald Matthews and Austin Turner; both are candidates for this position on the council in the fall election.
At the special meeting of the council on Monday Don Matthews was appointed to serve the remainder of the term for District Five on the County Council. The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and communicate their qualification. The council then asked the applicants a number of questions. Following is a summary of Matthews’ remarks and his answers to the questions.
Public Hearing and Resolution 10-22 – 2010 Property tax rates and revenue amounts
There were no public comments. The resolution passed unanimously.
Public hearing – for the purpose of opening and adjusting 2009-1020 current year budget.
Amy Clark is a candidate for the County Council at Large A seat. This is a two year seat that will replace Al Lundgren. Clark gained an appreciation for a rural outdoor lifestyle growing up in Montana. She attended BYU where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and later her Master’s in Public Administration. The Public Administration Master’s degree focuses on effective management of government services for the communities they serve.
Garth Day is the county council administrator for Morgan. He was hired in June of 2008. In this role he manages the staff in the non-elected county departments and provides support to the council in their legislative and administrative role.
In the Morgan City Council meeting on Tuesday, a public hearing was held for the 2010/2011 budgets. There was light attendance by citizens, however, changes that will affect each resident of the city. In addition to the budget for the city that was discussed and approved, new rates were set for services from the city.
Robert Kilmer is a teacher at Morgan High School. He came to Morgan fifteen years ago to teach and to live in the beautiful rural environment that is Morgan County. He currently teaches welding and machine tools, and is the CTE (Career Technology Education) director at Morgan High School.