Saturday, July 16, 2011

Standard-Examiner: Van Hooser Runs for Ogden Mayor; Others File for City Positions Here & Elsewhere

Our thanks to all late filing Council Candidates who responded to our dunning reminders, and turned two out of three Council contests into actual election "races," (albeit at the last minute)

The Standard-Examiner reports the final results in the Ogden City 2011 Municipal Election candidate filing process this morning, with a Scott Schwebke story first centering on mayoral candidate Susan Van Hooser, but then meandering through a rundown of other candidates from not only Ogden, but much of the Top of Utah:
For a list which is more concise and locally focused, check out this online Ogden City website doc, which is marked "final" and dated 5:00 p.m., 7/15/2011:
In the days to come, keep your eyes on our ever-expanding right sidebar election module too, where our more detailed Mayoral and Council Candidate Rosters have been and will continue to be updated with online links, news stories and other informative candidate information.

With a grand total of seventeen candidates signed up for the Mayor and Council races, we'll predict a spirited 2011 campaign for all candidates except Council incumbent Caitlin Gochnour, who'll miss out on all the fun, since (barring a late opposition write-in campaign) she will be running unopposed for reelection to her Ward 4 seat .

We'd like to thank all late-filing Council Candidates who responded to our dunning reminders, and turned two out of three Council contests into actual election "races," (albeit at the last minute). And yes, we do believe we have a full slate of quality candidates across the board.

And a Weber County Forum Tip O' the Hat goes out this morning to Ogden City Recorder Cindi Mansell, who worked beyond the call of duty, and delivered all seventeen 2011 Candidate Declarations into our hands for online publication by 5:01 p.m. yesterday.

In closing, we'll also ask the pregnant question: "By a show of hands, how many WCF readers are relieved that Boss Godfrey didn't suddenly change his mind about retirement... and throw his hat into the ring at the last minute?"

The floor's now open for those readers who'd like to chime in or even blow off a little steam.

Update 7/16/11 10:48 a.m.: The Salt Lake Trib's Cathy McKitrick devotes some morning ink to the 2011 Ogden Muni Elections story too:


OneWhoKnows2 said...

After reviewing the semi-final list for political office in Ogden this morning, I am pleased to find not an old and tired arrogant mayor needing more vindication on all his many successess nor any Geigers appearing on this list.  Life is looking up for Ogden, but I feel sorry for the next person holding the office and trying to explain the many questionable secrets of the past.  Whoever wins, just be honest with the people.  They deserve that and remember who you're working for.

Ozboy said...

I will be looking forward to folks informing folks as to the political leanings and proclivities of all these candidates.    Which ones are Godfreyites and which one are sane honest people who want to take Ogden back from this insider clique of Godfrey cronies who have dug the town into such a deep and dark financial hole.    Most of all who, amongst those in the race, are the least likely to hire Godfrey as the CFO, and who are most likely to disassociate with his financial madness and dishonesty.   Also interested to see who will have the balls to finally get rid of Greiner and all the other dead wood double dippers Godfrey has saddled the tax payers with.  

I sure hope there are some intelligent and honest candidates in the race.

Ray Vaughn said...

I am looking forward to the letters to the editor in the S-E regarding  Ogden council and mayoral candidates. Hopefully we will see the return of Blaine Carl and Mae Smith

Danny said...

Well now we know Godfrey will not be mayor anymore come next year, as I suspected.

But there are rumblings he will stay on as a city bureaucrat.

My prediction is he is working to find another job, like Patterson did.  Only if he can't find one, will he try to stay.

But why stay where you have worked so hard, are so despised, and have made yourself so dirty?

Matt Godfrey needs a shower, a new shirt, and a new job, far away.

BlameJohnsonNotMe said...

Replace the name with Blain Johnson and the same is true!
"Matt Godfrey needs a shower, a new shirt, and a new job, far away."

Curmudgeon said...

Two stories up this morning, one in the Trib, one in the SE, that suggest, I think, some good questions to ask Ogden's mayoral candidates.  The Trib one is about Ogden's new police crime center monitoring the city's cameras, and plans for increase surveillance. Particularly interesting are the last paragraphs which report that several studies show such monitoring has not appreciable effect on crime rates.  Link here:

The other, in the SE, is on double-dipping in the Ogden PD  --- i.e. people who retire and are rehired at the same jobs so they pull both pension and pay checks for the same job.  I can't find a link on the paper's web site so this may be a print-only story.   Definitely worth a read.  Drop a quarter if you have to and take a look.  And I certainly will be looking for statements about double-dipping from the candidates. 

Jennifer Neil said...

Double Dipping is just plain wrong .. unfair .. and is construed as cronyism

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