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Elections

Field Gets Crowded As Many Candidates File For Heber Mayor, Council Seats

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Heber City voters will have choices in November. After the filing period ended Tuesday, there were three candidates for mayor and eight for city council in the general election. 

In addition to incumbent mayor Kelleen Potter and incumbent Councilman Wayne Hardman seeking re-election, Councilwoman Heidi Franco is running for mayor, one new face will be on the ballot for mayor, and seven candidates are running for two open seats on the city council.

Candidates include lifelong residents and people who’ve been involved in local government, service organizations, and construction and development companies.

Dave Richards joined incumbent Kelleen Potter and Councilor Heidi Franco in the race for mayor.

A Heber resident of 24 years, he owns Summit Contractors and is on the city planning commission.

Council candidate Yvonne Barney is a member of the Friends of Heber Valley non-profit and former Wasatch district advancement chair for Boy Scouts of America.

Lillian Bradley has spent almost a decade managing non-profits that have supported health and humanitarian causes locally and in Africa.

Bryce Hoover is a medical laboratory scientist at Heber Valley Hospital and has lived in Heber City for 13 years. 

Candidate Scott Phillips is a financial advisor and former president of the Heber Valley Rotary Club, as well as a current trustee on the Heber Valley Hospital board.

Two of the candidates are real estate developers with the Ritchie Group in Salt Lake City.

Robert Heywood is a founder of the company.

Corey Kent Berg is a principal. Formerly he served on the utility advisory committee in Folsom, California. 

Jim Harper is also running for a spot on the council.

There was no primary election this year because the city adopted the ranked-choice voting method for this election.

Ranked-choice ballots list all candidates running for each open seat. Instead of voting for one favorite candidate, voters rank their first, second, third and subsequent choices, providing an instant runoff and eliminating a need for a primary. If a voter’s preferred candidate finishes last, their vote rolls to their second place candidate.

The general municipal election will take place on November 2.

Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.
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