Candidates file to run for office in Moab, Castle Valley
by Lisa J. Church
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Political hopefuls in Moab and Castle Valley filed paperwork last week to run for open council seats. No primary election will be required in any of this year’s contests, officials said.

Three candidates filed last week to run for seats on the Moab City Council, according to Moab City Recorder Rachel Stenta. Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison will run unopposed for re-election.

City Council incumbents Jeff Davis and Kyle Bailey are seeking re-election in the Nov. 5 general election. Heila Ershadi also filed a declaration of candidacy and will seek one of those council seats. Moab City Council representatives are all elected at-large, so the two candidates who receive the most votes will win those races.

Moab and Castle Valley residents still have one more opportunity to run in any of those city or town races. The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate is Sept. 6, said Moab City Recorder Rachel Stenta.

“You have to declare your candidacy to be a valid write-in candidate,” Stenta said. “Otherwise, any votes for candidates other than those who are declared candidates will not be counted.”

The town of Castle Valley will not be required to hold an election in November unless write-in candidates surface by the Sept. 6 filing date. Castle Valley Mayor Dave Erley was the only person to file for the mayor’s position and only two people filed for three positions on the Castle Valley Town Council.

Jazmine Duncan filed for one of the four-year council seats and Tory Hill filed for the two-year council seat. The two-year council seat was created as a result of the resignation of Lynn Henry at the beginning of her term and Jazmine Duncan was selected to fill that seat until the next general election, which is this year.

If no one files as a write-in candidate in Castle Valley the Castle Valley Town Council will select a person next year to fill the remaining council seat.

The Castle Valley Fire Protection District fielded two candidates for the two seats that are open on the three-person commission. Bob Russell and Leta Vaughn filed for the two seats currently held by board chairman Dave Vaughn and treasurer Ron Mengel.

Four candidates filed to run for three open seats on the Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District. Incumbents Gary Wilson, Mike Holyoak and Tom Stengel are all seeking re-election. Spanish Valley resident Bill Love also will run as a candidate in that election.

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