Total of 16 county residents file for elected office
A total of 16 San Juan County residents had filed as candidates for election to county, school board, and state positions by the time the candidate filing period for the 2022 general elections closed on March 4.
Non-partisan elections for the San Juan School District Three and Five seats will be held on November 4.
Colleen E. Benally, Sheila Stubbs Knight, and Valerie Lee all filed to run for the School District Three seat.
Incumbent Nelson Yellowman is the only candidate to file for the District Five seat.
An election for the School District One seat was noticed by the county clerk's office. Later, it was determined that the residential address for the standing District One representative, Lori Maughan, is within District One and there is no need for an election.
Maughan was elected to a four-year term in 2020.
Candidates also filed for five elected positions in San Juan County.
Three candidates for the County Commission seat in District Two include Democratic (D) Incumbent Willie Grayeyes.
Two Republican (R) candidates filed for the seat: Clint E. Black and Silvia Stubbs.
Both Black and Stubbs filed to obtain nominations via party convention and signature gathering, meaning a June 28 Primary election is likely.
Three county general elections will not need a primary election as they feature a single candidate from each party.
The contest for the County Commission seat in District Three will include (D) Incumbent Kenneth Maryboy and (R) Jamie Harvey.
The race for County Clerk/Auditor will feature (R) Incumbent Lyman Duncan and (D) Garrett Thomas Holly.
The contest for the County Sheriff will include (R) Lehi T. Lacy and (D) Al James Whitehorse.
The only candidate to file for County Attorney is (R) Alex Goble.
Incumbent Sheriff Jason Torgerson and Incumbent County Attorney Kendall Laws did not file for re-election.
Also up for election in 2022 is a two-year term for the 69th District of the Utah House of Representatives.
The district includes all of San Juan County, as well as Kane, Garfield, and Wayne counties. During the 2021 redistricting process, Piute County, as well as portions of Beaver and Sevier counties, were removed from the district.
In exchange, all of Grand County, as well as parts of Emery County, were added to the district.
Incumbent (R) Phil Lyman is seeking re-election against (D) Davina Smith. Both candidates are from San Juan County.
Ten candidates have filed to represent the Utah District 3 seat in Congress for a two-year term.
The candidates include five Republican candidates, including Jason Preston, Lyman Wight, Tim Aalders, Incumbent John Curtis, and Christopher Herrod.
Two Democratic candidates for the Congressional seat include Glen Wright and Archie Williams.
Others include Michael Stoddard of the Libertarian party, Daniel Cummings of the Constitution Party, and Aaron Heineman of the Independent American party.
Twelve candidates filed for the Utah seat for a six-year term in the U.S. Senate. They include seven Republican candidates, include Becky Edwards, Evan Barlow, Loy Brunson, Jeremy Friedbaum, Laird Hamblin, Ally Isom, and Incumbent Mike Lee.
Two Libertarian candidates who filed are Lucky Bovo and James Hansen. Democratic candidate Kael Weston, Independent American candidate Tommy Williams and unaffiliated candidate Evan McMullin.
San Juan County Republican neighborhood caucus meetings were scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 8 after the press deadline. The San Juan County Democratic caucus is scheduled for March 22.
The county Democratic convention is scheduled for March 27, while the county Republican convention is scheduled for April 14.
The Democratic party state convention is scheduled for April 23, with the Republican state convention scheduled for April 30.
Primary elections in Utah are scheduled for June 28.
A law passed in the legislative session limits Utahns' ability to switch party affiliations to participate in primary elections.
The law requires residents who wish to switch party affiliation to do so by March 31.
Unaffiliated voters and new voters can affiliate with any party through Primary Election Day.
The deadline to file as a write-in candidate for any office is September 5, 60 days before the general election.
The 2022 general election will be held on Tuesday, November 4