This election year is one in which voters are being asked to consider several changes to the Utah State Constitution. As voters enter the voting booth in eleven days they will find four constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Kimlyn Porter is a candidate for County Recorder. The recorder tracks land ownership and changes as well as providing information for the county assessor for taxing. Porter is running against the current county recorder, Brenda Nelson.
Jim Montgomery is a candidate for county council district 2. District 2 runs from the Garnet Drive intersection up to the Peterson Overpass; this includes all of Peterson up to Smith Creek and through Enterprise, to and including the West side of Stoddard Lane.
Montgomery is running against Lyle Nelson.
A Meet the Candidate meeting was held on Wednesday, September 15. Attending the meeting was; Candidates for Sheriff - Blaine Breshears and Neil Porter, Candidate for Morgan County Attorney - Al Lundgren, and Candidate for County Council at Large Seat A, Larry Hatch. Many issues were discussed but the majority of the questions were directed to Lundgren, Breshears, and Porter.
Don Mathews is a member of the Morgan County Council. He was appointed in June to fill the seat vacated by David Gardiner until the election. Mathews is a candidate for the district five seat in on the council. He is running against Austin Turner.
Ned Mecham is a candidate for the County Council at Large B Seat. He is running against Jeremy Barker. The entire county votes for the candidates running for the at large seats. This is the seat currently held by Council Chairman Sid Creager.
Lyle Nelson is a candidate for County Council District 2. He is running against James Montgomery. Nelson was born in Utah and has lived most of his life here. He spent many years in Sunset, but was looking for a good environment in which to raise his children. He found that in Morgan and has lived here for the past 21 years. He is married, has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
As the election approaches some individuals in the county may not know which voting district they reside in. As we continue to meet the candidates we thought it would be good to help educate our readers know about which voting district they are in and which candidates will be on their ballot this fall.
Brenda Nelson is the current County Recorder for Morgan County. Nelson is facing off against Kimlyn Porter for the recorder job in the Fall election.
Nelson is a 21 year resident of Morgan County. She grew up in Sunset and lived in Clearfield, but moved to find a great place for raise a family. She found what she was looking for in Morgan County.
Glenn Wright is the Democratic candidate for Utah House District 53. Wright says that he is “not a typical Utah politician.” Wright was born in New Jersey, and he grew up in the Northeast where his father worked in textiles.
Mel Brown has a family tradition of political service. His father ran for the state legislature when Brown was young, and he and his brother have both served as Utah’s speaker of the house. Brown is a man who has years of experience in the legislative process, and strong connections to the area he serves.
When one gets involved in politics in Morgan County it is only a matter of minutes before encountering Larry Hatch. Hatch is easily the most active person in the County in politics. He serves as the Chairman for the Republican Party. Although Hatch clearly communicates conservative values, he has been diligent in ensuring that all voices and all viewpoints be heard, whenever possible.
Al Lundgren is a candidate for county attorney running against the incumbent Jann Farris. Lundgren currently serves on the County Council. Lundgren grew up in Colorado and attended his first year of college at Colorado State. After the first year he moved to Utah to attend BYU.
Jann Farris is the County Attorney for Morgan County. His current term ends this year, and he is running for his second term as Morgan County Attorney. Attorney Al Lundgren, who is currently serving on the Morgan County Council, is running against him.
Jeremy Barker is a candidate for the County Council at large B seat. Barker is running against Ned Mecham.
Barker’s mother is from France and he is a native French speaker. His father is from Bountiful. Barker was born in Centerville, the oldest of five children, and grew up in that area. He graduated from Viewmont High School in 1993. He and his wife Sharon have two children, a boy and a girl, and one on the way.
At the special meeting of the council on Monday Don Matthews was appointed to serve the remainder of the term for District Five on the County Council. The candidates were asked to introduce themselves and communicate their qualification. The council then asked the applicants a number of questions. Following is a summary of Matthews’ remarks and his answers to the questions.
Amy Clark is a candidate for the County Council at Large A seat. This is a two year seat that will replace Al Lundgren. Clark gained an appreciation for a rural outdoor lifestyle growing up in Montana. She attended BYU where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and later her Master’s in Public Administration. The Public Administration Master’s degree focuses on effective management of government services for the communities they serve.
Robert Kilmer is a teacher at Morgan High School. He came to Morgan fifteen years ago to teach and to live in the beautiful rural environment that is Morgan County. He currently teaches welding and machine tools, and is the CTE (Career Technology Education) director at Morgan High School.