Breakdown of local political races

Dozens of residents throughout Cache County cities have decided they have something more to contribute to their communities and have filed for various local political offices. Some communities will have primary elections in September to narrow the field of candidates before the November 3rd general election. The following is a listing of the candidates and positions residents will have opportunities to vote on this fall.


Incumbent Hyrum Mayor Dean Howard has an opponent in the upcoming election. Brian Larsen filed for the mayor’s job prior to the Wednesday deadline.There are three people running for two four-year city council positions, including Paul C. James, Craig Rasmussen and Cynthia Forbush. For the two-year council seat the candidates are Tom LaBau and Kenneth Allsop. There will be no primary election in Hyrum.


Guy Curtis and Michael E. Johnson are running for mayor in Millville. Two have filed for city council, Sharol Hair and Deborah Redman. There will be no need for a primary election in Millville.


Residents of Paradise will have the choice of Leland Howlett and Susan Sanders on November 3rd to be their mayor for the next four years. There will be a primary election for two four-year council seats. Those running to fill those positions include Gayle Baker, Calvin Hoover, Kyle Smith, Donald Snider and Guy Wuetherich. There is one two-year council seat for grabs, and J. Liendercht and John Stark have filed for that political office.


Smithfield residents will have a new mayor this year as Chad Downs has decided not to run for another term. Darrell Simmons and Jeanne Winn Lane have expressed their desire to be Smithfield’s next mayor and are running for that position. There are seven candidates for two council seats, Scott Baddley, Jefferey H. Barnes, Jefferey R. Gittins, Barbra Scholes Kent, Janice Mickelson, Chris Monson and John Monholand. There will be a primary election for the city council on September 15th.


Nibley mayor Gerald K. Knight will continue on in that position since he is running unopposed. John H. Carver, Bryan M. Hansen, Thane R. Mickelson and Shawn B. Platt are running for city council.

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