Mayoral Contest Shrinks To Two Candidates

Bruce Van Camp will now seek council seat


The Payson mayoral race may come down to two contestants after all.

Bruce Van Camp, who had previously announced his intention to run for mayor, has decided instead to seek a council seat.

Van Camp said he switched his focus in order to support the efforts of Kenny Evans as the next mayor.

"We're trying to throw our political weight behind Mr. Evans," Van Camp said. "He is very knowledgeable about what's going on in the Payson area and how to deal with the federal government. He knows a lot about water issues. He's very knowledgeable about everything."

Van Camp said he hadn't spoken to Evans about the possibility of running a tandem campaign, saying only that he was "definitely behind Mr. Evans."

Mayor Bob Edwards announced his plans to run alongside council candidates Tom Loeffler and David Rutter at a campaign rally Nov. 16.

Another council candidate has also emerged. Bruce Wales has returned his preliminary candidate packet information, indicating his intention to run. In addition to Wales and Van Camp, other potential council candidates at this time are Greg Friestad, Michael Hughes, Tom Loeffler, David Rutter and incumbent John Wilson.

Along with Mayor Bob Edwards, the council seats of Vice Mayor Tim Fruth and councilors Andy Romance and Wilson are up for election.

Candidates have until Dec. 12 to obtain the required number of signatures from registered voters. After signatures are verified, candidates may begin disbursing campaign information and are considered official candidates in the May election.

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