Filing period closes with some surprising races

Several incumbents will have challengers for the 2012 elections while others will slide in for another term unopposed. The official filing period for state, federal, school board, school district and Cache County Council offices closed Thursday at 5 p.m. Perhaps the most notable local race is for Utah Legislative District 4. Incumbent Republican David Butterfield is facing an inter-party challenge from Dr. Ed Redd. Redd is Deputy Director of the Bear River Health Department. Butterfield will also be facing a challenge from former Logan City Mayor Doug Thompson, running as a Democrat. In Box Elder County, State Representative Rhonda Menlove, R-District 1, is also facing several challengers. DeLoy Mecham is running as a Democrat and Becky Maddox is running on the Constitution Party ticket. Incumbent Lee Perry, R-District 29, is being challenged by Brad Galvez, a Republican, and Heidi Bitton, a Democrat. Other state representatives in the area will have challengers, though not from within their own party. Democrat Roger Donohoe will be challenging Jack Draxler, Republican incumbent for District 3 and Democrat Al Snyder will be challenging Curt Webb, Republican incumbent for District 5. In Rich County, John Zimmerman and Melvin Brown are running on the Republican ticket for House District 53. State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-District 25, is running unopposed. Four seats are up for the Cache County Council. Craig Buttars, Kathy Robison and Jon White are running unopposed but incumbent Corey Yeates is being challenged by Eric T. Collins, a Republican, and Barry Franklin, a Democrat. Incumbent Tami Pyfer has filed for re-election to the Utah State Board of Education District 1. Candidates run unaffiliated, but Pyfer is being challenged by D. Alan Shakespear and Bryce Day. For the Cache County School Board, Richard Knight and Kathy Christiansen are unopposed but Michael Porter and Brian T. Leishman are vying for District #1. For the Logan School Board, Lynn Hobbs and Ann Geary are unopposed by Connie Morgan and Tony Roegiers are vying for District #4. Each party will hold its own party convention on April 21. In the case of multiple candidates on a ballot at each party’s state convention, votes are cast by party delegates to determine the final two that can compete in a party primary. That is unless a candidate for an office receives 60% or more of the votes cast at any point in the balloting process, therefore avoiding the need for a primary election. For a complete list of candidates who have filed in Cache County (or offices that represent all or portions of Cache County) visit the

<a href=”http://www.cachecounty.org/elections/filings.php”>Cache County Clerk’s office website</a>

. For a complete list of candidates for state and federal offices, visit the state’s

<a href=”http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/2012-candidate-filings”>Lieutenant Governor’s website</a>

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