One woman and 16 men vying for the Box Elder County commissioner seat vacated by LuAnn Adams addressed members of the county’s Republican committee at Box Elder High School Thursday night. Those committee members will now have the responsible of chosen one of the candidates to fill the open position. The name of the person selected will be announced Saturday morning, 9 a.m., at Century Elementary School in Bear River City. That name will then be presented to the two remaining commissioners for approval. That action, as well as the swearing in of the new commissioner, will take place during a special commission meeting on Monday at noon.
Here is a thumbnail of each of the candidates’ comments and their opinion on the three biggest focal points for the county :
Paul Roberts Resident of county since 1978. Retired from Thiokol. Fish Biologist. Believes in the Constitution, pragmatic government. “Be your own man and stick to principles. Prepare for growth, Manage growth, Industrial Development
DeLoy Meacham Businessman for 30 years. Thinks there are places in the budget to cut and nothing should be spend that isn’t necessary. “Country is slowing slipping away from us.” Jobs, Strong Middle Class, Water
Teresa Garrett Served on School Board 7.5 years. 24 years as an EMT with Thatcher Fire Department. “We need to make decisions that are best for the majority.” Jobs, Economic Development, Strong Infrastructure.
Kenny Kawa Will work fulltime in the position of commissioner “Rules and regulations should protect all parties involved.” Power, Water, Utopia
Craig Rees Parents taught him to get involved. Served as studentbody president at Utah State University. “I am the candidate to bring jobs back to the county.” Economic Development, Fiscal Responsibility, Long-term Planning
Denton John From Portage. Doctorate degree. Served on school board in California, also mayor. Would take no salary for commission post. “The things I do, I do passionately, I do right.” Develop General Plan, Strategic Plan, Protect Private Property Rights
David Forsgren Three-term mayor of Honeyville. 28 years on city council. 28 years on Bear River Water Conservancy District. “I have the knowledge, the leadership experience, the time and the ability.” Less Government Involvement, Taxes, Strong Law Enforcement
Clint Munns Four generation farmer. Served as vice president of the North Garland Water Company. “I will continue the values of Box Elder County.” Tourism Dollars, Strong Legal Force, Better All Aspects of the County
Jeff Scott Graduate of Bear River High School and Utah State University. Lives in Brigham City. Believes the county is well run. “I would like to continue to see it run that way.” Tourism, Growth, Unified Direction for the County