Familiar faces challenge incumbents in upcoming municipal election

St. George residents vote early in the 2016 general election, St. George, Utah, Nov. 4, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Faces familiar to the St. George area’s political and business circles make up the pool of challengers facing incumbents in the upcoming 2017 St. George municipal elections.

L-R: Lane Ronnow is challenging incumbent Jon Pike for the St. George mayor’s seat in the upcoming 2017 municipal elections | Photos by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Sitting Mayor Jon Pike and Council members Joe Bowcutt and Michele Randall filed for re-election, with each hoping to add a second term to their current positions.

Prior to his election as mayor in 2013, Pike served on the City Council for over two terms.

Challenging Pike for the mayor’s seat is Lane Ronnow, host and executive producer of “A Story to Tell,” an interview program that often features members of the community and public officials.

Other facets of Ronnow’s background include work as a former director of of Salt Lake County’s building and zoning enforcement department. He has acted as the chief financial officer for school districts and housing authorities.

This will not be Ronnow’s first run in the municipal elections, as he ran for City Council in 2015, yet was subsequently defeated in the primary election.

L-R, Top Row: 2017 St. George City Council candidates Marc Stallings, Greg Aldred, Bryan Thiriot, Gregg McArthur. Bottom Row: Incumbents Joe Bowcutt and Michele Randall | All photos submitted with the exception of Stallings, taken by Mori Kessler, and Bowcutt, taken by John Teas, St. George News

Challenging Bowcutt and Randall for their seats are:

  • Marc Stallings, a former legislative chair in Washington County Republican Party.
  • Bryan Thiriot, executive of the Five County Association of Governments.
  • Gregg McArthur, former president/CEO of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Greg Aldred, area businessman and former Washington County Commission candidate.

Each of the challenging candidates has either ran for, or sought appointment to the St. George City Council in the past.

Stallings, Thiriot and McArthur ran for City Council in 2015, while Aldred – along with McArthur and Ronnow at the time – sought to be appointed to the council seat made vacant when Pike became mayor in 2014. Out of the 25 appointment-applicants, Bette Arial would ultimately be the one appointed to fill the seat.

A primary election will be held Aug. 15. (see Ed. Note)

Ed. Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the primary election date as Aug. 17.

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  • Marc Stallings June 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Mori, on behalf of all of the candidates including myself, thank you for the article. One slight correction, the Primary Election will be on Tues. Aug. 15th, 2017 as opposed to Aug. 17 as reported.

    • Paul Dail June 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Marc, thank you for bringing this oversight to our attention. It has been noted and corrected.

      Paul Dail
      Editor, Reporter

  • teishmaria August 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I just googled all the candidates and only ONE has a website. How are we supposed to keep ourselves informed if many of the candidates do not have simple websites displaying what they believe in, and how they are going to improve living in St. George??? I see your signs around town but how is that supposed to inform me about what you believe in. In case any our wondering Gregg McArthur is the one that has a website. Props to him…. https://www.greggmcarthur.com/ Greg Aldred does have a Facebook page that is very informative too…. https://www.facebook.com/GregForUtah/ PLEASE CANDIDATES, get a website AND a Facebook page to promote yourselves.

  • teishmaria August 3, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Candidates running for Mayor: Lane Ronnow does have a webiste, YAY! …. http://laneronnow.com/home.html I did find a Facebook page for Jon Pike as well…. https://www.facebook.com/ILikePike/

  • teishmaria August 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    My apologies! With further research I found Marc Stallings, Michele Randall and Greg McArthur do have Facebook pages (yay!). Here are those sites for any who may be interested…. https://www.facebook.com/marcforstg/ https://www.facebook.com/MicheleRandallforCityCouncil/ https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgecitycouncil/

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