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Friday, September 2, 2011
Not Much of a Report
If you weren't at Shelley Elementary Thursday evening to meet this election's crop of American Fork City Council candidates, there are still some things you can do before the primary, which is ten days away.
I Came, I Saw, I Listened
I went to a meet-the-candidates event in American Fork Thursday evening at Shelley Elementary, where eight of nine city council candidates mingled with voters, then answered questions for two hours, then mingled some more. I only knew three of the nine candidates before I went, and I'd heard or read a few bits and pieces about some of the others. After the first few questions, I had narrowed the field to four possible candidates for my three votes. The remainder of the evening solidified that list, but didn't firmly narrow it to three. Sometime before the primary on September 13, I'll have to decide.
State Representative John Dougall moderated the event. He did well, as usual, which is why he keeps being invited back. Not counting the American Fork Youth City Council, who organized the event, and the candidates themselves, attendance was over 50, which isn't bad, historically speaking. Mayor James Hadfield and all four current members of the city council were there, including candidate Rick Storrs.
Questions were submitted in writing by the audience. I submitted four, and all four were asked, along with more than a dozen others.
Such Nice People. Alas . . .
Over and over again, during the mingling before and after the questions, I ran into and had to disappoint some of my local readers, who said they were looking forward to my usual lengthy report and commentary on the event and the candidates. I've had the same conversation with another half dozen people since then. I had to tell them all that I retired from that role after the 2009 election; I've had to turn the time I was spending on American Fork city politics and government to other things. I keep hoping someone else will take up the role and do very well at it, but it hasn't happened yet.
So I took half a page of notes for my own purposes, instead of my usual eight or ten pages to support a detailed blog post. I didn't record the event, as I have done for reference a few times in the past.
If you weren't there -- perhaps due to an understandable loyalty to the Utes? -- but you want to vote wisely, there are still at least seven things you can do:
Ten Days and Counting . . .
Finally, be sure an put that primary election on your calendar: September 13. The Utah County web site is still showing information for the 2010 election, but, presumably, the polls are open that day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., as before.
Copyright 2011 by David Rodeback.