Mayors Weigh Second Terms

Council candidate packets available

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Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and Star Valley Mayor Chuck Heron have already picked up candidate packets indicating that they are in the running for re-election.

While Heron has said he would seek another term, Edwards has been a little more ambiguous. As late as October at a Citizens Awareness Committee meeting, Edwards said he hadn't decided if he would run again.

Both mayors will be required to obtain the necessary amount of signatures from registered voters before they will legally be candidates in the May election.

Mayoral terms are two years. Both mayors were elected in May 2006.

Both councils have three seats up for election. Council terms are four years.

The seats of Payson Vice-Mayor Tim Fruth and councilors Andy Romance and John Wilson are up for grabs.

Romance has announced that he will not not seek re-election.

Wilson has picked up a candidate packet, Payson Town Clerk Silvia Smith said.

Smith said other candidates for Payson council seats at this time include Mike Hughes and David Rutter.

The Star Valley council seats of Bill Heath, Mary Ann Kotelnicki and Art Lloyd are up for election.

Council member Lloyd has indicated that he will not run again.

Star Valley Town Clerk Sarah Luckie said only two candidate packets have been picked up thus far, one by Heron.

Council candidate packets can be picked up at respective town hall buildings.

Statements of organization must be filed before candidates can begin collecting signatures, Smith said.

Signatures must be collected and turned in by Dec. 12. Once they are verified by the county recorder, campaign materials can be disbursed, Luckie said.

Eligible council and mayoral candidates must be registered to vote and have resided in the town in which they are running for at least one year. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

Star Valley candidates must collect between 62 and 122 signatures from registered voters to be eligible.

Payson candidates must collect between 266 and 535 signatures from registered voters.

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