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Here are the Summit County Council and school board seats up for election in 2022

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While 2021 isn’t in the books yet, the first notice for the 2022 election went out this week — and there’ll be a lot of new numbers on the ballot.

Senate District 20 covers western Ogden, Roy and a significant sliver of the Great Salt Lake. And come November, the district will be on some Summit County ballots.

Thanks to this year’s redistricting changes, the senate district covering Park City will no longer be number 26, but number 20. Summit County Clerk Eve Furse said the difference is mostly semantic — or numeric — and that an incumbent can run for a Utah House or Senate seat if they live in the district, no matter its title.

“Numbers are not very helpful if you're trying to correlate the districts you're familiar with with your new district, and the better thing to do is to look at the maps that have been adopted to see where you fall in those, because the numbers are dramatically different,” Furse said.

In addition to Senate District 20, Summit County voters will also see Utah House districts 4, 23, 59 and 68 on the 2022 ballot. The state’s new political boundaries are visible on maps accessible via the Legislature’s website.

Locally, the Summit County Council and the Park City Board of Education races are likely to draw the most attention.

The current chair and vice-chair of the County Council, Glenn Wright and Chris Robinson, will be up for reelection. Wright has repeatedly said this is his last term. When KPCW asked whether he would run again, he said, “I’m not planning on it, no.”

Robinson, who has been on the council since it switched from the commission form of government in 2008, said he had not decided whether to seek another term.

Francis Mayor Byron Ames, a Republican, has said he is considering running for a County Council seat. The five current county councilors are all Democrats.

Erin Grady, the president of the Park City Board of Education, and Kara Hendrickson are both up for reelection. Neither immediately responded to a request for comment from KPCW about whether they’ll run again.

Also up for reelection are two seats each on the North Summit and South Summit boards of education. Those seats are held by Kevin Orgill and Vern Williams in North Summit and Steven Hardman and Debra Blazzard in South Summit.

U.S. Senator Mike Lee will also be on the ballot, as will the first and third U.S. Congressional seats, which are held by Representatives Blake Moore and John Curtis.

Both the County Auditor and County Clerk appear on the election notice, along with other local offices including County Attorney and Sheriff.

The former are notable because the county had been considering whether to combine the clerk and auditor offices into one position.

Furse, who was appointed Summit County Clerk in May, said it appears the two offices will not be combined this year, though she said there is still a possibility it could happen.

“I have enjoyed being the clerk for the little bit of time I've been the clerk so far, and I'm looking forward to running to be the clerk in 2022,” Furse said.

The council faces a Feb. 1 deadline to pass an ordinance combining the offices. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said he had not been asked to put the issue on a council agenda for any meetings through the end of the year.

The filing period for political party candidates and local board of education candidates begins Monday, March 7, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 11, according to the election notice.

Alexander joined KPCW in 2021 after two years reporting on Summit County for The Park Record. While there, he won many awards for covering issues ranging from school curriculum to East Side legacy agriculture operations to land-use disputes. He arrived in Utah by way of Madison, Wisconsin, and western Massachusetts, with stints living in other areas across the country and world. When not attending a public meeting or trying to figure out what a PID is, Alexander enjoys skiing, reading and watching the Celtics.