Flint on unique Hyde Park council elections

Three open city council seats will be decided in Hyde Park’s municipal elections this year. The timeline for most cities in the state begin with the candidate filing period from June 3rd through the 7th. Then a primary, if needed, is held August 13th and then the general election this year on November 5th. For Hyde Park, though, they have been taking part in something not commonly used in Utah anymore, a non-partisan nominating convention.

A discussion was held last year in which the city said they were planning to end the nominating convention way of getting candidates on to the ballot and go with the traditional method. The state was trying to force cities in that direction but then considered not doing that. On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Hyde Park Mayor Sharidean Flint talked about where the city stands this year.

“There was some thought that the state would make us do away with (nominating conventions). But, what actually happened is, they just moved the time you had to be clear up to June. So, that meant that our nominating convention had to move up also,” said the mayor.

That means for people interested in running for the open council seats, they do need to attend the nominating convention on May 29th. The city has been in the news the last couple weeks, after a city official reportedly pointed a gun at two former city employees. He was demoted but the council reversed that decision. We hope to hear from a city council member next week on that topic on For the People.

AUDIO:  Hyde Park mayor Flint talks to Jason Williams on For the People 04-04-2019

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