Three battle for council positions
BY REBECCA PALMER
FARMINGTON — The primary elections in this city are among the hottest in the area, partly because of controversy about the planned West Davis Corridor.
If that weren’t enough, Mayor Scott Harbertson is stepping down. That leaves only two candidates in the mayoral race, businessman John Bowker and councilmember Jim Talbot, so no primary election is necessary.
However, three candidates are vying for one city council position that carries a two-year term. All council seats in the city are at-large positions, and the two-year position is up for a vote because sitting councilwoman Kristen Kulken resigned in May.
Among the candidates to fill the spot is the mayor’s wife, Kristen Harbertson.
In addition to being the director of the Farmington Youth City Council, she has volunteered in the PTA, the community council, the Miss Farmington Pageant and more, she said in a candidate statement on the city website.
“Farmington is home for our family,” she wrote. “What you see is what you get with me and you will know exactly what I am committed to.”
Doug R. Anderson is also up for the position. He grew up in the city and left, but moved back to raise his family, he said in his candidate statement.
“I share the concern that our city planning is headed in the wrong direction, especially with West Davis Corridor, which is bad for Farmington, whether the freeway is on Shephard Lane or Glovers Lane,” he wrote. “As a City Council member, I will preserve our future quality of life through better land use planning. I support a better alternative, the Shared Solution.”
Anderson has been very active on Facebook pages against the proposed freeway and has launched a website, dougforfarmington.com.
David Stringfellow, chief economist for the Utah state auditor, is also running. He, too, has launched a website. Visit it at sites.google.com/site/votestringfellow/home.
“I know government can and should operate effectively and efficiently,” he wrote in his campaign statement. “My attitude and aptitude will let me secure our shared interests. My goal is to reach out to each of you to preserve our beautiful city.”
Four other candidates for city council positions are vying for two seats. Since that means there are only two candidates in each race, there will be no primary election. Those candidates are incumbent John Bilton, former councilmember and current planning commissioner Rick Dutson, planning commissioner Brigham Mellor and Jeff Steele, an active opponent of the freeway.