The filing period for candidates in American Fork’s 2021 municipal election ran from June 1 to June 7. Two candidates, including the incumbent, filed for mayor. Three candidates, including both incumbents, filed for the two available city council seats. All terms are four years.
Because neither race has more than two candidates per seat, there will be no municipal primary election. There will be only the general election in November. We will likely see little campaign activity before Labor Day.
Candidates for Mayor
Candidates for American Fork Mayor are one-term incumbent Brad Frost and challenger Tim Holley.
Contact information and brief profiles of both candidates are at the official American Fork City website.
Candidates for City Council
Candidates for American Fork City Council are incumbents Staci Carroll and Ryan Hunter, and challenger Carissa George. Carroll is a one-term incumbent. Hunter was appointed several weeks ago to fill the seat vacated by the passing of Barbara Christiansen.
Here are links to the candidates:
- Staci Carroll: campaign website and Facebook page
- Ryan Hunter: campaign website and Facebook page
- Carissa George: Instagram
Contact information and brief profiles of all three candidates are at the official American Fork City website.
Earlier this year, numerous city residents applied to fill Barbara Christiansen’s seat. Besides Ryan Hunter, who was appointed, and former Councilmember Heidi Rodeback, who said she didn’t plan to run for the next term, there were at least two I thought would make particularly fine candidates. A few of the others might have acquitted themselves well too.
I didn’t expect them all to file for the election, but I thought two or three might. Since the didn’t, I won’t name them.
I’m pleased that we’re having an election; I don’t like to see incumbents run unopposed, even when I like the incumbents. I think it’s bad for good government.
I’ll be back later in the election cycle, as opportunities present themselves to meet and examine the candidates. Expect information and probably some opinion too.
More, Later Thoughts (October 6)
I finally met the two challengers and chatted briefly with them at a lunchtime event last week. It was at American Fork High School, and the audience was students who are old enough to vote for the first time in this election. Since I was the moderator and had some control over the questions, among other things, I won’t offer any commentary. I prefer to wear one hat at a time.
The American Fork Chamber of Commerce will host a meet-the-candidates event on Thursday, October 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the American Fork Senior Center (54 East Main Street, American Fork). Voters will have the first hour to meet and greet the candidates informally. City council candidates will debate at 7:00 p.m., and mayoral candidates will debate at 8:00 p.m. I plan to post audio recordings of from the event here at AFElection.info, within a few days of the event.
If You’re a Candidate
If you’re a candidate and care to supply links, photos, etc., I’m easy to find. I’ll update this page as I get further information. (Latest update: October 6, 2021)
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