Election season fields a wide range of candidates for county offices
by Lisa J. Church
Staff Writer
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Unlike the 2012 election season, which saw two Grand County Council candidates swept into office unopposed, the 2014 county council race has yielded a full slate of candidates for the three open council seats.

In the race for the county council at-large seat, incumbent James Nyland is being challenged by Mary McGann. Former council member Chris Baird will face off against Kim Call for the District 1 council seat, and Jaylyn Hawks, Manuel Torres and Russell Pogue will vie for the District 3 county council seat, according to information provided by the Grand County Clerk’s office.

Because more than two candidates filed in District 3, a primary election will be held June 24 to narrow the field down to two candidates for the Nov. 4 general election.

Several other elected county officers are also up for election this fall.

In the race for Grand County Treasurer, Debbie Littlefield and Christopher Kaufmann will face off for the job, and incumbent Grand County Clerk/Auditor Diana Carroll is being challenged by Zacharia Levine.

Grand County Sheriff Steve White is running unopposed for re-election, as is Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald. No candidates filed to challenge the re-election bids of Grand County Assessor Debbie Swasey or Grand County Recorder John Cortes.

Two seats are also up for election on the Grand County Board of Education. In School Board District 4, incumbent Beth Joseph is running unopposed for re-election. In School Board District 2, Britnie Ellis and Mary Frothingham will vie for the open seat.

Moab resident Kalen Jones has filed to run against incumbent Kay McIff for the Utah House of Representatives seat in District 70. In House District 39, four candidates have filed: Brad King, Christine Watkins, incumbent Jerry Anderson and Bill Labrum.

In the race for State Board of Education, Moab resident Randy Day is the only local candidate to file for an open seat in State School Board District 14. He will face five other candidates in that contest.

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