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Wasatch Open Space Bonds .org

Should Wasatch County approve $10 million open space bond? That is the question that has been posed before voters. As time winds down on election season KPCW spoke with a proponent for the Open Space Bond. KPCW also spoke with an opponent to the bond, you can find that story here.

Heidi Franco is the Chair of the Wasatch Open Lands Committee. She says the Committee doesn’t have any specific properties targeted but they’d like to use the bond to help preserve land in the valley floor.

Summit County

As mail-in ballots arrive in your mailbox KPCW is interviewing local candidates about their platforms. The race for the South Summit School Board Seat 4 features Incumbent Steven Hardman and challenger Hoyt Atkinson.

South Summit School Board Member Steven Hardman explains why he’s running for re-election this year.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, in a recent statement, says they’re concerned that some Utah counties are not prepared to implement the latest voter options—in particular same-day voter registration.

But representatives for the Summit County and Wasatch County clerks have told KPCW they’re ready for November 6th.

In a press release issued earlier this month, the ACLU said this is the first year for Election Day Registration (or EDR). This means that eligible but unregistered voters can register to vote on Election Day, by casting a provisional ballot.

Summit County

As mail-in ballots arrive in your mailbox KPCW is interviewing local candidates about their platforms. The race for the South Summit School Board Seat 5 features Incumbent Debra Blazzard and challenger Stacy Maxfield.

South Summit School Board Member Debra Blazzard explains why she’s running for re-election this year.

This story features those who ask for a yes vote on Prop 10. A story featuring those who are asking a no vote on Prop 10 is available at this link.

Prop 10 challenges an action made by Wasatch County Council earlier this year to redraw planning area lines in the county. Because of the wording of the referendum those in favor of the zone change by the council will vote Yes on Prop 10, those against the council’s change will vote No on Prop 10.

This story features those who ask for a no vote on Prop 10. A story featuring those who are asking a yes vote on Prop 10 is available at this link.

Prop 10 challenges an action made by Wasatch County Council earlier this year to redraw planning area lines in the county. Because of the wording of the referendum those in favor of the zone change by the council will vote Yes on Prop 10, those against the council’s change will vote No on Prop 10.

Summit County

As mail-in ballots arrive in your mailbox KPCW is interviewing local candidates about their platforms. Park City School Board Seat 4 is being vacated by JJ Ehlers who is not seeking another term. Appearing on the ballot to fill that seat is Vicky Fitlow and Kara Hendrickson.

Vote.Utah.Gov

As mail-in ballots arrive in your mailbox KPCW is interviewing local candidates about their platforms. The race for the Wasatch County Council East seat features Republican party nominee Jeff Wade and Democratic party nominee Mike Dorsey.

Democratic Party Candidate Mike Dorsey has been a teacher for 44 years he explains why he’s running for the Wasatch County Council East seat.

Vote.Utah.Gov

As mail-in ballots arrive in your mailbox KPCW is interviewing local candidates about their platforms. The race for Wasatch County Clerk/Auditor is a show-down between Republican Incumbent Brent Titcomb and Democratic challenger Jennifer Lee.

Utah League of Women Voters

Jill Lesh with the Utah League of Women Voters explains what the league does.

Nonprofit organizations such as the LDS church and Mountain Trails Foundation are advocating for various propositions and bonds this election season. Which leaves some asking, ‘Can they do that?’ The short answer is ‘yes’.

There are plenty of rules and regulations regarding what nonprofits can and can’t do. We spoke with Utah Nonprofit Association’s CEO Kate Rubalcava about nonprofits rules during election season.     

Utah Debate Commission

  With the election season in full swing, the Utah Debate Commission is scheduled to host several candidate debates--including some that will be carried live by KPCW.

The executive director of the Debate Commission, Nena Slighting, said the group was formed about five years ago, motivated in part by Utah's poor turnout of voters.

Summit County

It looks like Summit County Council member Glenn Wright will be the only county incumbent on the ballot this November who has an election contest.

Wright told KPCW that in the end, he’s not chagrined about that.

As we reported, Josh Mann, a Jeremy Ranch resident and creator of the blog, the Park Rag, announced last week he would run as a write-in candidate for Council Seat E, currently held by Wright.

On Wednesday, we asked Wright about his reaction to the news.

Courtesy Josh Mann

Josh Mann has lived in Summit County for 8 years. He became involved in politics in 2012 when he started filming and posting County Council meetings to YouTube, that evolved into the local news blog the Park Rag. Mann says he decided to run for council when he noticed seven unopposed country races would appear on this November’s ballot. Mann is running as a write-in for the Summit County council seat E against Democratic incumbent Glenn Wright. Mann says he wants to focus on creating what he calls a low development, low growth environment.

The Utah Debate Commission is finishing a poll this week that will determine which state candidates will be eligible to participate in their debates this fall. The US Congressional Seat for District 1 has four candidates running. Green party candidate, Adam Davis joined KPCW to talk about his campaign and why he wants to go to the US Congress. Carolyn Murray has this:

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