Voters to choose council representatives in Moab, Castle Valley, and water board members in Spanish Valley on Nov. 5
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Early voting will last until Oct. 31 at Moab City Hall on East Center Street.
Early voting will last until Oct. 31 at Moab City Hall on East Center Street.
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The Nov. 5 elections are less than two weeks away, and voters have already been casting ballots during early voting in the Moab city races, according to Moab City Recorder Rachel Stenta. Early voting, which is done at the City Recorder’s office in City Hall, will continue through Oct. 31. Those who wish to cast early ballots must request an absentee ballot but may complete it in person and submit it to the City Recorder’s office.

The deadline to request absentee ballots that will be mailed in by the voter is also Oct. 31. However, Stenta said a change in state voting laws has altered the date by which those absentee ballots must be mailed. All mailed absentee ballots must now be postmarked by Nov. 4 – the day before Election Day.

Polling places open at 7 a.m. and voting closes at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.

This year, voters will choose candidates for the following elected offices:

Moab city races

This year, voters will choose from among three candidates to fill two open seats on the Moab City Council.

Moab City Council incumbents Jeffrey Davis and Kyle Bailey are seeking re-election in the Nov. 5 general election and Heila Ershadi is seeking her first term on the council. Moab City Council representatives are all elected at-large, so the two candidates who receive the most votes will win those seats.

Moab will also elect a mayor this year and Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison is running unopposed for re-election.

Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District

Four candidates are seeking three open seats on the Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District board. Incumbents Gary Wilson, Mike Holyoak and Tom Stengel are all seeking re-election. Spanish Valley resident Bill Love is seeking his first term on that board.

Voting for the Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District board will take place at the Grand Water and Sewer Agency offices located at 3025 E. Spanish Trail Road.

Castle Valley races

The town of Castle Valley will vote to elect a mayor and two council members. Castle Valley Mayor Dave Erley is being challenged for the mayor’s position by Oscar Duncan. Duncan’s name will not appear on the ballot because he filed as a write-in candidate last summer. Voters who wish to cast their ballots for Duncan must write his name on the ballot for the mayoral race.

Three seats are open on the Castle Valley Town Council, however, only two candidates are seeking election.

Jazmine Duncan is running for one of the four-year council seats and Tory Hill is seeking the two-year council seat.

Castle Valley Fire Protection District (no election)

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 will fill the seats currently held by board chairman Dave Vaughn and treasurer Ron Mengel. Because there were only two candidates for two open seats, the fire protection district is not required by state law to hold an election.

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