We are less than a week from election day and postal voting is already underway.
Across Utah, there are a number of key municipal races in this odd year. In Salt Lake City, several city council seats are open.
In many of Utah’s largest cities, there are heated contests for mayor.
In West Valley City, which is the second largest city in the state, it’s an open race for mayor.
“I want to continue to see the good things that happened in West Valley continue,” said Steve Buhler, a city council member running for the top job.
Buhler added: “I think we should make government boring again. No one should get up, wake up or go to bed worrying about what their government is doing. “
He’s running against fellow city council member Karen Lang, who didn’t return to 2News in time for an interview.
The West Valley contest is one of many mayoral races across the state. In Utah’s 10 largest cities, voters in seven of them – Layton, Orem, Provo, Sandy, South Jordan, St. George and West Valley City – will elect a mayor.
In Sandy, eight candidates are in the running. In Provo, outgoing mayor Michelle Kaufusi is challenged by Ken Dudley, who gained notoriety after being shot during a Black Lives Matter protest last year.
Many of these municipal races will be decided through a priority vote where voters will rank the candidates in order of preference. Twenty cities in five Utah counties are using this voting method this year.
If you vote by mail, you must have your ballot paper canceled before Monday, November 1. You can drop your ballot into a drop box before 8 p.m. on polling day, November 2.