Star Valley Mayoral Contest Heats Up

Vice Mayor Randy White files to challenge Mayor Chuck Heron

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Two of Star Valley's leading men will likely be on the ballot for mayor this May.

Current Vice Mayor Randy White will be challenging Mayor Chuck Heron for the next mayor's seat.

"I just think it's important to have variety," he said.

"It's always good to give voters a choice."

In running, White will have to give up his council seat in March, leaving four vacancies on the council instead of three.

The seats of councilors Bill Heath, Mary Ann Kotelnicki and Art Lloyd are up for election, while White's seat will be filled by an appointment from the council following the election.

White said he has the necessary relationships with the Forest Service and Town of Payson to accomplish important tasks for Star Valley.

"I'd like to build on the idea of having a very friendly, very easy place to do business with a minimal amount of rules and resolutions," he said. "I'd like to be as friendly a small town as possible."

White said securing a water source is one of his top priorities.

"I have a very open dialogue with the other council," he said. "We need to work together to solve the water issue for the whole area. There's a way to do things to limit hassle."White said he would like the town to pursue the acquisition of more land from the Forest Service for a sewer treatment plant, as well.

"That's another big issue," he said. "I have the contacts to help push that."

The mayor will be elected to a four-year term.

Heron was elected in May 2006 to a two-year term because the town council hadn't approved longer mayoral terms at that time.

In addition to White, two more council candidates have emerged.

Jay Vagalatos and Gregory Wong have picked up information, indicating their intention to run for council.

Vagalatos is currently a member of the town's Architectural Design Review Commission.

George Binney, Gary Coon, Barbara Hartwell and Nathalie Stroup are also tentatively running for council.

Candidates have until Dec. 12 to collect the required number of signatures necessary to become an official candidate.

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