Full slate of candidates set for elections in Monticello and Blanding
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Voters will be able to choose from a full slate of candidates when municipal elections are held on November 5 in Monticello and Blanding.

In fact, a primary election will be necessary in Monticello to pare the seven candidates for two available positions on the Monticello City Council.

The primary election will take place on Tuesday, August 13. Voting in Monticello will be via mail after a May 28, 2013 decision by the Monticello City Council.

Two candidates, Eric George and Tim Young, will run for Monticello Mayor to replace longtime Mayor Doug Allen.

Both candidates are businessmen. Young currently serves on the Monticello City Council.

The seven candidates for Monticello City Council are Scott Christensen, Rick Clark, Steve Duke, Matt Keyes, George Rice Jr., Brenda Sturdevant, and Monte Wells.

Scott Christensen and Monte Wells are local businessmen, while Steve Duke and Matt Keyes work for the San Juan School District.

Rick Clark manages the Monticello Port of Entry, while Brenda Sturdevant works for San Juan Counseling and George Rice is a city employee.

Regardless of who wins, it will be the first elected office for both council members, as all seven candidates have never held elected office.

The two winners will replace incumbents Brad Randall and Craig Leavitt, who will not seek an additional term.

The previous two Mayors of Blanding will face off in the November general election. Incumbent Mayor Toni Turk will face previous Mayor Calvin Balch.

Toni Turk was appointed Mayor in 2004 when Calvin Balch left office to serve a mission for the LDS Church. Turk was subsequently elected Mayor in 2005 and 2009.

The two incumbents on the Blanding City Council, Robert Ogle and Charlie Taylor, are running for another term.

Charlie Taylor seeks his second term in office while Robert Ogle was appointed to the Council in 2012, when councilman Mike Halliday left office to serve a mission for the LDS Church.

They are opposed by challengers Taylor Harrison and Keele Johnson.

Taylor Harrison works for Wells Fargo Bank. Keele Johnson has served previously on the City Council in addition to serving several terms in the Utah State House of Representatives.
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