Candidates prove plentiful for Washington County’s 2019 municipal election cycle

A sign directs voters to the ballot in Southern Utah, Aug. 11, 2017 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The candidates are plentiful in many of Washington County’s cities and towns for this year’s municipal election cycle.

St. George News has compiled a list of names that represents those who are seeking to remain in public service via re-election and their challengers, who are either testing the waters for the first time, returning for another try at a council seat or are former council members running anew.

The incumbents are identified below at the top of each list.

The list of candidates will shrink after primary elections are held Aug. 13. The general election will be held Nov. 5.


St. George – Three City Council seats open

  • Ed Baca – Incumbent
  • Bette Arial – Incumbent
  • Jimmie Hughes – Incumbent
  • Greg Aldred
  • Carol Aldred
  • Christopher Call
  • Doug Solstad
  • Dannielle Larkin
  • Gregg McArthur
  • Shane Wood
  • Lane Ronnow
  • Tarrell Hughes
  • Chuck Goode
  • Bryan Thiriot

Washington City – Three City Council seats open

  • Troy G. Belliston – Incumbent
  • Craig Coats
  • Michael R. Goold
  • Kurt F. Ivie
  • Marshall Simmons
  • Kress Staheli
  • Miek T. Tate
  • Marcia Whitney
  • Ben Leamon Martinsen

Ivins – Three City Council seats open

  • Dennis Mehr – Incumbent
  • Jenny Johnson – Incumbent
  • Laurie Floisand
  • Valerie Cazier
  • Brandon Sieverts
  • Derek A. Larsen
  • Susan Ertel
  • David Robinson
  • Sue Gordhammer

Hurricane – Three City Council seats open

  • Kevin D. Thomas – Incumbent
  • Nanette Dutton Billings
  • Christian Mathisen Sr.
  • Spencer Lundell
  • Steve Wood
  • David (Dave) Sanders
  • David Mooneyham
  • Brent Elson Moser
  • Joseph Prete
  • Brian Shamo
  • Danielle Crofts
  • Jon Walker
  • Philip Carter

LaVerkin – Three City Council seats open

  • Micah T. Gubler – Incumbent
  • Kelly B. Wilson – Incumbent
  • Amy Curtis
  • Brian Stewart
  • John Valenti
  • Charles Edward “Chuck” Hardy
  • Jason Tallakson

Toquerville – One two-year term and three four-year term City Council seats open

Two-year seat:

  • Gary Chaves
  • Wendi J. Merritt

Four-year seats:

  • Ty Bringhurst – Incumbent
  • Keen Ellsworth – Incumbent
  • John C ‘Chuck’ Williams
  • B. Kent Havens

Enterprise – Three City Council Seats open

  • Jared J. Bollinger – Incumbent
  • Bill Fowler
  • Yvonne Colby
  • Roy Adams
  • Kimmy Williams
  • Curits Rupp
  • K. Jed Gardner
  • Barry Jones

Hildale – Three City Council seats open

  • Stacy Seay – Incumbent
  • Jvar Dutson – Incumbent
  • Lawrence Barlow – Incumbent
  • Elissa Wall

Springdale – Two Town Council seats open

  • Lisa Zumpt – Incumbent
  • Suzanne Elger
  • Stewart Ferber
  • Tyler Young
  • Rick Praetzel

Rockville – Two Town Council seats open

  • David Firmage – Incumbent
  • M. Honer-Orton – Incumbent
  • Van Terry Bell
  • Cheryl McGovern

New Harmony – Two Town Council seats open

  • Curtis Hadley – Incumbent
  • Marty Larsen
  • Melvin Bartz

Apple Valley – Mayor’s seat and two Town Council seats open

Mayor’s race:

  • Marty Lisonbee – Incumbent
  • Blackhawk Walters

Town Council:

  • Denny Bass – Incumbent
  • Paul Edwardsen – Incumbent
  • David Zolg
  • Forrest Kuehne

Leeds – Two Town Council seats open

  • Lorrie Hunsaker
  • Stephen Wilson
  • Kenneth J. Hadley

Santa Clara – Three City Council seats open

  • Herbert K. Basso – Incumbent
  • Jarett Waite – Incumbent
  • Gary S. Allred
  • Ryan Graff Anderson
  • Logan Blake
  • Eberhard R. Lindner
  • Leina Mathis
  • Matt Wilber
  • Craig D. Harter
  • Todd Jacobsen
  • Dennis (Denny) Drake

Virgin – Two Town Council seats open

  • B. LeRoy Thompson – Incumbent
  • J. Bruce Densley
  • Lori Rose
  • Gene Garate

Ed. note: This post was updated June 10, 2019 to include the candidate information for Virgin, Santa Clara, Leeds and Apple Valley. A mis-identification of the incumbent in the Spingdale Town Council race has also been corrected. 

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