Mailed ballots will be used exclusively for the state and county election. Ballots will be mailed on October 10. This gives registered voters three weeks to return the ballot. Navajo Nation races will be determined traditionally.
Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy registered as a write-in candidate for the commission seat he has held for several years. Maryboy was defeated in the Democratic convention. He will face Democrat Rebecca Benally and Republican Manual Morgan.
Maryboy is also a candidate for Navajo Nation President. A debate featuring the presidential candidates was held on August 4 in Monument Valley. An August 26 primary will pare the 17 candidates for the general election.
An additional write-in candidate is Melvin Capitan Jr., who will face incumbent Elsie Dee for the San Juan School Board.
The deadline for write-in candidates is October 6.
Contested local races include Craig Halls and Kendall Laws for County Attorney, Howard Randall and Shelby Seely for Assessor, Dawn Shaw and John David Nielson for Clerk, David Carpenter and Tina Corrao for Recorder, and Nelson Yellowman and Jean Holiday Nimrod for San Juan School Board.
County Clerk Norman Johnson recently sent a letter to Nimrod expressing concern that the school board candidate is not a Utah resident.
Johnson’s letter states that while Nimrod can still be on the ballot, he plans to deny her a seat if she is elected, pending a judicial decision.
“As far as I can tell, no one lives in the house that is listed as the candidate’s residence,” said Johnson. “I don’t think the candidate can comply with the Utah Residency Law.”