Voters will have a choice in local municipal elections in November

Voters will have a choice in local municipal elections on November 6. In total, six City Council seats are open in Monticello and Blanding.

In Monticello, several candidates have registered as write-in candidates. After the regular filing deadline in Monticello, Councilman Walter Bird was the only candidate for the three open positions on the Monticello City Council. As a result, Bird will be the only candidate listed on the ballot.

However, three candidates have registered as write-in candidates.

In August, Scott Shakespeare registered as a write-in candidate.

On October 5, the last day to file, residents Jerry Ward and Scott Christensen registered as write-in candidates.

The Council seats in Monticello are currently held by Bird, Blen Freestone and Cassie Boyle.

In Blanding, six city residents initially filed in a race for the three open positions on the Blanding City Council. Jeremy Redd withdrew from the race after he was hired by the City of Blanding as the new City Treasurer.

Voters in Blanding will have five names on the ballot, including incumbents Eric Johnson and Kelly Laws, and challengers Charlie Taylor, Joe B. Lyman and Kim Smith.

Council seats in Blanding are currently held by Johnson, Laws and Randy Pemberton.

In addition to the municipal elections, voters will vote whether or not to approve a school tuition voucher program that was created by the state legislature in January. A referendum petition put the voucher program on the ballot.

The program would allow up to $3,000 in state money to be used for tuition for students in private schools.

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