Public has chance to meet St. George City Council candidates

Backdrop: St. George City Council Chamber, St. George, Utah | Image composite by St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Prospective voters have a chance Friday evening to meet candidates running for St. George City Council in November’s municipal election.

The candidates will introduce themselves and the public will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates in return.

Three St. George City Council seats are up for grabs this year. Incumbents Bette Arial and Jimmie Hughes are running to retain their seats, while Councilman Gil Almquist chose not to run for re-election. In all, 11 people currenlty vie for the three council seats.

The other candidates include:

  • Gregg McArthur, son of former St. George Mayor Danial McArthur, and the current president/CEO of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Hammer, executive director of physical facilities for the Washington County School District
  • Eric Hovland, the owner of Urban Renewal
  • Michelene Perez, an instructor at Dixie State University and member of the UltraViolet womens’ rights group
  • Marc Stallings, a sales associate with Stephen Wade Auto Center
  • Bryan Thiriot, executive director of the Five County Association of Governments
  • Lane Ronnow, host of A Story To Tale, a program that highlights the lives of notable members of the community; the program is featured on Southern Utah Live
  • Kendall Clements, a real estate business owner
  • Ed Baca, a retired police officer who is a regular attendee at St. George City Council meetings; Baca has run for City Council multiple times and for mayor once, challenging Mayor McArthur in 2009

The 11 candidates currently listed will be whittled down to six following the Aug. 11 primary election. The general election will be held Nov. 3.

Organized by the Dixie Republican Forum, the event to meet the candidates will be held Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Washington County Commission Chambers at the Washington County Administrative Building at 197 Tabernacle St. in St. George.

Though put on by the Republican Dixie Forum, the council race itself is a nonpartisan race.

Event recap

  • What: Meet the Candidates for St. George City Council event
  • When: Friday, June 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Washington County Commission Chambers at the Washington at the Washington County Administrative Building at 197 Tabernacle St. in St. George

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