OGDEN – Election season, believe it or not, has arrived.
Although quieter than a presidential election year, political signs have appeared in Weber County. Most notably, perhaps, a series of public forums are underway to help voters choose among the candidates.
The Weber County League of Voters is hosting debates in seven towns in Weber County through October 13. Republican Women of Weber County is hosting a forum next Monday, with 28 candidates from across the county expected to run provisionally.
The purpose of the League of Voters events, said Terri McCulloch, president of the group, is to raise awareness and help the public learn more about the hopes.
âProvide information to the public so that they feel they can vote intelligently,â she said. Local elections in a slack year like this typically attract fewer voters than during presidential years, and McCulloch is hoping to reverse the trend.
Among the most heated contests, McCulloch believes, are the West Haven mayoral race between incumbent Sharon Bolos and challenger Rob Vanderwood, the competition for two general positions on North Ogden city council and the races for four council positions. Municipality of Ogden.
But these are not the only races. There are also races in Roy, South Ogden, Pleasant View, Hooper, Washington Terrace, Riverdale, Plain City, Farr West, Harrisville, Uintah and Huntsville.
The first of the League of Voters’ debates was due to take place on Wednesday among candidates for two four-year South Ogden City Council positions and the final two years for a third seat.
Here’s a look at the other debates, all sponsored by the League of Women Voters, with the exception of the Weber County Republican Women event:
Farr West: Candidates for two city council and mayor positions are scheduled to meet Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the town offices of Farr West, 1896 N. 1800 West. The city council debate will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. while the town hall debate between outgoing president Lee Dickamore and challenger Ken Phippen will run from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All arrivals: The Weber County Republican Women’s Forum is scheduled for Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at Ice Sheet, 4390 Harrison Blvd., and all county municipal candidates have been invited. Twenty-eight from Ogden, Roy, South Ogden, North Ogden, Farr West, West Haven, Uintah and Huntsville plan to attend, according to Lorraine Brown, group leader.
Ogden: Candidates for General Seat A, General Seat B, District 1 and District 3 seats in Ogden City Council are scheduled to meet at a forum Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave.
West Haven: Candidates for two city council and mayor positions are scheduled to meet Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the City of West Haven offices, 4150 S. 3900 West. The city council debate will run from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. while the town hall debate between Bolos and Vanderwood will take place from 6.45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
North of Ogden: Candidates for two city council spots are scheduled to meet next Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Branch Library, 475 E. 2600 North in North Ogden. The debate starts at 6.30 p.m.
Roy: Candidates for two places on City Council are scheduled to meet on October 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library, 2039 W. 4000 South in Roy. The debate starts at 6.30 p.m.
Washington Terrace: Candidates for two places on city council and the mayor are scheduled to meet on October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Branch Library, 5568 Adams, Washington Terrace. The city council debate will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. while the town hall debate between incumbent Mark Allen and challenger Brent Degroot will take place from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mail-in ballots are due to be mailed out to registered voters starting Oct. 12, according to Ryan Cowley, who heads the Weber County Election Office. They should arrive by October 19. The last day to register and get a ballot, meanwhile, is October 22.
Voting in person will take place October 27-29 and November 1 from noon to 6 p.m. and November 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All in-person votes will take place at the Weber Center, 2380 Washington Blvd.