A real council election is shaping up in Payson this year.
At least six new people have indicated they will run for the Payson Town Council, among them Dale Kasl, Lou Levenson, Charlene Brown and Greg Friestad. They all took out candidate packets and have until May 28 to collect at least 142 signatures to get their names on the ballot. All are running for a council seat, not mayor.
Former fire marshal Bob Lockhart said he also plans to run for council, but had not turned in his paperwork as of Monday. He said he planned to do so sometime this week and would offer no other comment.
On Facebook, however, Lockhart is running with a group dubbed “The Voice of Rim Country” which includes Brown, Chris Higgins and Randy Roberson.
Only Roberson indicates he is running for mayor.
Roberson could not be reached for comment as of press time, but in a post wrote “Over the coming days and weeks we will be sharing here our vision for returning your voice to the leadership of the Town of Payson. We are willing to do the difficult work, but we need your help.”
Brown wrote, “This will hopefully be an incredible adventure and I am thankful to be standing with three incredible men as we strive to make Payson and the Rim Country a better place.”
Council incumbents Ed Blair and Fred Carpenter have taken out their paperwork to run and Su Connell said she will soon.
In the last election, the council ran unopposed.
Only Mayor Kenny Evans would not confirm if he is running for re-election.
Given everything on his docket, Evans said he is not ready to turn his attention toward running a campaign just yet.
“I have said repeatedly that the minute I pull a packet I become a candidate,” he said.
“And I would rather be a mayor than a candidate for awhile.”
Anyone interested in running, can still take out paperwork from the town clerk’s office.
Potential candidates must turn in a campaign finance form before they can start collecting signatures, said Deputy Town Clerk Tracie Bailey.
While several other people have taken out the paperwork indicating they might run, they have not turned in a campaign finance form, including Lockhart, Roberson and Higgins. The town will only release the names of those candidates who have turned in the form.
Candidates need between 142 and 284 signatures before May 28.