By Myrna Trauntvein
The mayor’s seat and two city council seats will be open in the 2017 Mona City Municipal Election.
Each council seat is at-large for a four-year term. The mayor’s position is also for a four-year term.
“I do not have to be available at the city office,” said Lyla Spencer, city recorder, “but I do have to be available to anyone who wishes to file.”
She said that prospective candidates could come to her home to file. Her address and phone number needed to be available to anyone seeking to file.
Council seats for Molli Graham and Jeff Smith are up for election in the November election.
“I will not be running again,” said Graham.
Mayor Greg Newton said that he also was choosing not to seek reelection.
Persons interested in becoming a candidate for office must file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with Lyla Spencer, city recorder, from June 1, 2017, to June 7, 2017, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5: p.m. Monday through Friday.
“There are only six days this year for potential candidates to register,” said Spencer.
To qualify as a candidate for a municipal office, the individual must be a registered voter and be a resident of Mona for 12 consecutive months prior to the election.
They must be: a United States Citizen; at least 18 years old at the time of the next election, and be a registered voter of Utah.
In accordance with Utah Constitution Article IV, Section 6, any mentally incompetent person, any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in Utah until the right to hold elective office is restored under Utah Code Section 20A-2-101.3 or 20A-2-101.5.
The primary election, if needed, will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2017. If more than two candidates file for an office, a primary election will be held.
“We will only need a primary if there are more than two candidates for any one office,” said Spencer.
If there are only two candidates for a single seat, a primary will not be required because those two can face off in the general election.
The City of Mona will hold a non-partisan municipal General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Those Mona residents with further questions should please contact Spencer.