Caucus to determine city’s candidates
BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
FRUIT HEIGHTS — Candidates for city government positions will be selected at a caucus meeting here on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Unlike other Davis County cities where candidates apply for seats and then run in a primary before the final November ballot, candidates will be nominated and the field narrowed to two per seat during the evening.
“Ever since the city’s been around, it’s pretty much the tradition,” said Mayor Todd Stevenson, who will not be seeking re-election.
“It helps make sure there’s a good choice at each election and that each person can vote for municipal leaders,” he said. It also saves the expense of a big election, he added.
Attendees will be divided into two parties: the Pinecone Party and the Sagebrush Party, said Stevenson.
Each party will nominate candidates for the two council seats that are open, and for mayor.
Those nominated will have a chance to speak and then balloting will take place until each party has narrowed its choice to one person for each seat.
When he was first nominated to serve on the city council at a caucus, Stevenson said it was unexpected. After he thought about it, he decided to run and eventually served six years on the city council and another eight as mayor.
“I think there is some interest there” for the city positions, he said.
“Frankly, it’s harder to get interest where people are feeling like everything’s going well,” he said.
He is also concerned that the August date, selected to coincide with statewide primaries, may come before people are thinking about elections.
The caucus begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and will be held at city hall, 910 S. Mountain Road.