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- American Fork: 2023 Election Resultsby David RodebackElection results: Clark Taylor, Tim Holley, and Ernie John win four-year terms on the American Fork City Council in the November 2023 election.
- Election Day Thanks to Many, Including Youby David RodebackIt's Election Day in Utah. Thanks to poll workers, campaign volunteers, guest writers, and many, many readers at afelection.info.
- No Politics, Just Candidatesby David RodebackWe step back from issues and debates to thank our American Fork candidates for running. It's not easy, and a lot of it isn't fun.
- Like a Family (Not?)by David RodebackLet's crack open that city council campaign talking point about running a city budget like a family budget and see what's inside.
- David’s Handy Little Election Guide (November 2023 Edition)by David RodebackDavid's election guide endorses American Fork City Council candidates Clark Taylor, Ernie John, & Tim Holley, and briefly explains why.
- Straight Talk About Taxesby David RodebackHow American Fork property taxes are calculated, plus certified tax rates and Truth-in-Taxation, and a few candid thoughts about candidates.
- Thoughts on the October 16 Debateby David RodebackDavid's thoughts on what he heard at the October 16, 2023, American Fork City Council candidate debate. Fiber, roads, taxes, democracy, and more.
- Straight Talk About Fiberby David RodebackStraight talk about American Fork's proposed citywide municipal fiber optic broadband project, which isn't what we're getting from two of our city council candidates.
- City Council Debate Audioby David RodebackAudio files of American Fork City Council candidates' remarks at the October 16, 2023 debate.
- The Anatomy of the Dirty Trickby David RodebackIf you see something, suspect something. It might not be a political dirty trick. But it might be.
- The Happiest American Fork News I’ve Heard in a Whileby David RodebackA small city needs good local journalism, for the same of good government and a sense of community. For decades American Fork, Utah, had the American Fork Citizen. Now we have it again.
- City Council Debate TL;DRby John MulhollandJohn Mulholland summarizes candidate responses at Monday evening's American Fork City Council election debate in this site's first-ever TLDR.
- Weaponizing Democracy: Petition and Referendumby David RodebackMost of the time, people who advocate a referendum are motivated by something more political than a deep love of democracy.
- Important Date: October 16 – City Council Debateby David RodebackThe American Fork Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a city council debate on Monday, October 16. Attend to learn about the candidates.
- AF Primary Election Turnout 2023by David RodebackSome voter turnout numbers from American Fork's 2023 city council primary election, plus links to all the numbers at Utah County's website.
- Statement by Elizabeth Grayby David Rodeback"As the dust settles on the primary elections, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who believed in me and supported my campaign for American Fork City Council. Your encouragement, volunteer hours, and kind words have meant the world to me."
- Why Local Politics? (guest post by Bryce Shelley)by Bryce Shelley"None of our laws or regulations was put in place by evil people seeking to annoy the rest of us. Some might be outdated. Some might need upgraded. Some should probably be eliminated. But understanding why it was there in the first place is a good first step in not re-causing whatever made it necessary in the first place."
- AF Election Update: Austin Duke withdraws, endorses Taylor, John, Holleyby David RodebackToday American Fork City Council candidate Austin Duke withdrew his name from the November general election ballot, citing "unforeseen personal and family considerations" and endorsing Clark Taylor, Ernie John, and Tim Holley.
- 2023 American Fork Primary Resultsby David Rodeback2023 primary results aren't final yet, but the outcome is clear enough in the race for American Fork City Council.
- Guest Post: Bryce Shelley on 2023 American Fork City Council Candidatesby Bryce ShelleyBryce Shelley's thoughts about 2023 American Fork City Council candidates. How he's voting and why.
- David’s 2023 Primary Election Votes — Who and Whyby David RodebackDavid Rodeback considers nine candidates in the 2023 primary election for American Fork City Council and explains his votes.
- Q&A with American Fork City Council Candidate Ken Sumsionby David RodebackAmerican Fork City Council candidate Ken Sumsion responds to questions about himself, the City, and current issues.
- Open House: Well Done, AF Voters!by David RodebackMonday evening's city council candidate open house at the American Fork Senior Center was well attended and informative.
- Q&A with American Fork City Council Candidate Christina Ballardby David RodebackAmerican Fork City Council candidate Christina Ballard responds to questions about herself, the City, and current issues.
- Q&A with American Fork City Council Candidate Elizabeth Grayby David RodebackAmerican Fork City Council candidate Elizabeth Gray responds to ten questions about herself, the City, and current issues.
- Q&A with American Fork City Council Candidate Austin Dukeby David RodebackAmerican Fork City Council candidate Austin Duke responds to ten questions about himself, the City, and current issues.
- Q&A with American Fork City Council Candidate Tim Holleyby David RodebackAmerican Fork City Council candidate Tim Holley responds to questions about himself, the City, and current issues.
- Q&A with American Fork City Council Candidate Clark Taylorby David RodebackIncumbent American Fork City Councilman and candidate Clark Taylor responses to ten questions about himself, the City, and current issues.
- 2023 American Fork City Council Candidate Interviews with John Mulhollandby John MulhollandThere are nine candidates for American Fork City Council in September’s primary election. The top six will advance to the general election in November, to compete for three available seats. Terms are four years. Here are notes on interviews with the candidates. Updated August 24, 2023 (one candidate added)
- Your Primary Votes Matter — Learn BEFORE You Voteby David RodebackQuestions for city council candidates in the 2023 American Fork primary election, and some personal thoughts.
- 2023 American Fork City Council Candidates (and two date changes)by David RodebackCandidate names and contact information for the 2023 American Fork city council election, plus revised election dates.
Thanks for your excellent election coverage!
David thanks for another excellent post. This is very articulate, clear, and easy to understand. Too bad this isn't required…
The author's name is displayed just under the title. Usually, as in this case, it's David Rodeback. Thanks for the…
Who is the author of these blog posts? This one is excellent.
I listened to this interview of the council candidates. I wish that all my neighbors would take the time to…
I had an almost word for word conversation with a candidate for city council from your example. He wasn't having…
The chamber did post a video! I'm glad they did. Here's the link to the debate: https://youtu.be/o4aI9MRoI_c?si=9j5JGKI1TVyL1ab2
This is fantastic news! Way to go Rob! I’ve missed regular AF news so much since the Citizen paper went…
As David alluded, this won't be hypothetical for long. Bountiful City experienced just about everything mentioned in this article a…
Love your posts—the insight, commentary, and subtle(?) humor. You are spot on, as always.
Dear Elizabeth Gray, Both me and my husband voted for you. We feel that your background in mental health issues…
Such an excellent point! Thank you for the article and educating our young citizens about the importance of community involvement.
Hi, when you are going to finish the 200w road next Shelly Elementary school ? It is the bigger elementary…
Bryce this was very well written, in my opinion. It was very concise and to the point. I totally agree…
Thank you, David, for looking into this and for responding to my question.