Preliminary Election Results – 2017 General Election

Note: These election results are updated as of Thursday, November 16, but still not final or official. By this point, the margins are too large for late-counted votes to change the results. And based on votes counted so far, the turnout is 38.7% in American Fork, which is excellent for an … Read More …

David’s Handy Little (General) Election Guide, 2017

Here on my thoughts on the races on my November 2017 general election ballot. US House of Representatives, Utah District 3 In the special election to fill the latter half of former Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s term, there are three candidates of note. Provo Mayor John Curtis is a sterling example … Read More …

In Praise of Candidates (and Their Friends and Families)

Election Day is four days away, and many of us have already voted by mail. For the candidates, their families, close friends, and avid supporters, the end of a marathon looms — but in some ways it’s uphill to the finish line. I’ve never been a candidate for political office, … Read More …

American Fork Candidates Q&A – Part 6 – Resident Concerns, Hindsight, More

As before, I sent all the candidates the same questions. That was about two weeks ago. I’ve had two responses. If more arrive, I’ll happily post them. In case you don’t already know, mayoral candidates Brad Frost and Carlton Bowen are on the November general election ballot in American Fork. Kyle Barratt, Barbara … Read More …

David’s Notes and Commentary: October 7 City Council Debate

Audio recordings of the October 7 city council debate in American Fork are available here, separated by question. The American Fork Chamber of Commerce also posted a single, long video recording of the event. This post is not intended to substitute for listening or watching, nor is it a play-by-play. … Read More …

American Fork City Council Debate Audio – October 7, 2017

Here is audio from the October 7, 2017, city council debate in American Fork. The mayoral candidates were not present but sent short statements to be read; they are included below. This post has just the questions and the audio, with no attempt to summarize responses, no fact checking, and … Read More …

Meet American Fork City Council Candidates

Our best opportunity to meet and grill American Fork’s four city council candidates is tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 6, at 9:30 a.m. It’s provided by the American Fork Chamber of Commerce (thanks!), and hosted by American Fork Hospital (thanks!) in their comfortable Education Room. Neither mayoral candidate is able to … Read More …

American Fork Candidates Q&A – Part 5 – Debt, Decisions, and More

As before, I sent all the candidates the same questions. This time, more of them responded, and I’m still expecting another response or two, which I’ll happily post upon receipt. Thanks to all the candidates who’ve participated in our little pre-primary Q&A. Voters, don’t forget that your ballot, if mailed, … Read More …

American Fork Candidates Q&A, Part 4 – The City and Developers

In this post, candidates respond to one question: For years we’ve heard reports that developers find the City so difficult to work with that many of them won’t build at all in American Fork. To what extent are these reports true? Is it a good thing? What if anything should … Read More …

American Fork Candidates Q&A: Part 3 – Quick Responses on Nine Issues

I’m combining mayoral and city council candidates’ responses to this set of questions, because so far only one of the former and two of the latter have responded with answers. I’ll publish more if and when I receive them. Perhaps I ask too much of candidates, sending them all these … Read More …