Rory Paxman

Please introduce yourself. Where did you go to school, what do you do for a living and how long have you lived in Grand County?

Curtis Wells, At-Large District: My name is Curtis Wells and I’m a husband, father and local entrepreneur. I graduated from Fruita Monument High School in 2004. After high school, I began making a living staking mining claims in southeastern Utah. Twelve years later, my work in the natural resource development space ranges from mineral acquisition, project management, policy and public affairs. I’m also an executive director for an innovative eco-friendly mineral processing-technology company and an owner of commercial real estate in Moab.

Sarah Sidwell, At-Large District: I have lived in Moab off and on all of my life. I am a graduate of Grand County High School, and my youngest will graduate class of 2017. I have done everything from waiting tables to working retail and cleaning rooms and currently do marketing and guiding at Tag-A-Long Expeditions.

Evan Clapper, District 2: I’m Evan Clapper. My wife, Maureen and I moved from San Juan County to Moab, 11 years ago to raise our two sons. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University in Environmental Science, with the hopes of landing work in our local oil and gas industry. Unfortunately, global oil prices dropped and so did the jobs … I then decided to follow my passion and returned to the outdoor adventure industry. Currently, I manage a guide service with 16 seasonal employees.  

Jason Zimmerman, District 2 Write-in Candidate: My name is Jason Zimmerman. I was born and raised in Moab and attended K-12 in the Grand County School District. I’m currently working in residential construction.

Greg Halliday, District 4: I am a native Utahn. I attended the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New York. During the 11 years at the Pentagon, I served as senior enlisted adviser to the National Guard Chief Surgeon and the Army Surgeon General, sergeant major in the Inspector General’s office and Enlisted Tours Manager for the 600 enlisted National Guard soldiers attached to the National Guard Bureau. Service to country, state and community has been paramount all of my life. I retired from duty as a Sergeant Major in 2005; after 34 years of military experience, Susan and I bought property in Castle Valley, built a house, and have happily lived here for 11 years.

Heather Jo White, District 4: My name is Heather Jo White and I went to college in Grand Junction, Colorado, at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), where I got my B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration. I work for Nielson Construction at the Moab UMTRA Project as the Tailings Pile Supervisor. I moved to Moab in February 2003.

Rachel Nelson, District 5: I attended high school in Columbia, Maryland, and then moved out West to get a B.S. at UC Davis. I received a M.S. at the University of Arizona in 2005. Since then, I have been living and working in Moab. I started off as a mountain bike guide for Escape Adventures and now I teach as an adjunct professor in the Recreation Resource Management Department at USU-Moab.

Rory Paxman, District 5: My name is Rory Paxman and I’m running for re-election on the Grand County Council. I was raised in Bountiful and graduated from Woods Cross High. I started spending weekends in Moab as a kid, helping with the family business. Once I graduated, I moved to Moab and made it my home with my high school sweetheart.

Describe any previous public service or community involvement.

Curtis Wells: I’m very passionate about sports and I love to play and coach baseball, football and basketball. Kids are very impressionable, and coaching allows for positive influences and lessons. I’ve also been the chairman of the Grand County Republican Party since 2015.

Sarah Sidwell: I have held positions on various boards, volunteer for several local events and venues, and currently serve on the Travel Council Advisory Board. I also spent a couple of years lobbying in Washington on behalf of Colorado River recreation and ecological protection. Community theatre is my passion and is where most will recognize me from.

Evan Clapper: During my time in Grand County, I have served as the treasurer of the Moab Teen Center Board of Directors; coached and officiated various youth activities; and volunteered for the Forest Service and the Utah Avalanche Center. I’ve helped with many nonprofit fundraising campaigns. I was the middle school site director for the BEACON Afterschool Club and I served as an EMT with Grand County Emergency Medical Services.

Jason Zimmerman: I’m a former board member of the Red Rock Dirt Riders. I can usually be found in my spare time helping my friends with projects. There is nothing like that the sense of community you get when working with your friends and neighbors.

Greg Halliday: Since retirement, I have served on the Castle Valley Planning and Land Use Committee and Hazard Mitigation Committee, and worked as road manager for six years. I am currently a member of the Castle Valley Volunteer Fire District, serving as the training officer and qualified as a level 2 wildland firefighter.

Heather Jo White: I was on the rodeo committee and participated in various local running events. I support and participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the VFW.

Rachel Nelson: I am currently on the board of Friends of Indian Creek, a local nonprofit climbing advocacy group, where I work with local land managers to create educational materials for climbers. I also volunteer with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center at annual events. I attend numerous community events every year with my family – chances are you have seen me out and about with my two small girls in tow behind my bike.

Rory Paxman: Serving Grand County for the last four years on the county council has been an honor, and has cultivated much more involvement in our local community. I serve on the airport board, weed board, solid waste board and Moab Chamber of Commerce Board. My kids are active in youth sports and my wife and I enjoy the fun and excitement that comes from their activities.

What are your main concerns regarding Grand County’s future?

Curtis Wells: 1: A diminishing sense of community. Moab is an ever-evolving story with changing cultures, economies and demographics. This rapid change has created frustration and division. 2: The lack of economic diversity. Grand County’s reliance on tourism has created social and economic problems. Low wages, low tax revenues, high property values, etc. An honest and politically exempt look at this issue exposes a real problem. I’d like to see our local media, decision makers and our political climate graduate from our current mining vs. tourism narrative. While it is possible to supplement our economy in other ways than natural resource development and tourism, we are very limited logistically in what we can offer to other industries such as manufacturing, etc. We’re lacking rail access, our airport isn’t fit for commercial activity and we have only a two-lane highway running through town.

Sarah Sidwell: Creating and maintaining a stable and healthy community is the center of my desire to serve on the county council. There are four pieces that are all entwined with each other we need to work on: diversifying our economy, enhanced education, attainable housing, balanced land use. Diversifying our economy past tourism with its problems of notoriously low wages and seasonal employment, without rolling back the clock to the fiscally irresponsible days of boom and bust energy production is critical. I will continue to work with and support the USU campus in Moab. Having a secondary education option is one of the keys to diversifying our economy. It will also offer a more diverse workforce and entrepreneurial options. I will encourage development of attainable housing. We cannot have a decent economy if people don’t have a place to live. We cannot continue to function as a community if we don’t invest in the people who keep this town running. I am a motor-head environmentalist. My dad was a mechanic, arguably the best in town, and I grew up building rock crawlers and race cars and I still enjoy it. I believe in a place for everything. I encourage sustainable, balanced and ethical land use.

Evan Clapper: We need engagement from all members of our community to develop a vision for our future. Engagement from residents, business owners and other stakeholders ensures we maintain momentum through election cycles and staff turnover from the city and county.  We all have to work together and follow through to ensure our needs and goals can be met to develop a high quality of life and preserve what we all love here.

Jason Zimmerman: Grand County has developed a dependency on tourism and the recreation economy. The lack of economic diversification has caused a lot of problems and the council’s past actions regarding this issue are greatly concerning to me. If we do not have diversity and balance in our economy, we will continue to export our middle class and we’ll continuously lack the funds necessary to provide ample infrastructure for our people.

Greg Halliday: My main concerns regarding Grand County are that we maintain a positive balance between sense of community while still allowing for tourism and economic development.

Heather Jo White: My main concerns for Grand County’s future are that we are losing focus on our community. Our deteriorating infrastructure, affordable housing crisis and economic development must be addressed without burdening our taxpayers further.

Rachel Nelson: Housing availability is directly connected to both quality of life and economic opportunity in this town. Housing opportunities have become increasingly limited and wages have not kept up with the increasing cost of housing, making it difficult for businesses and institutions to find and retain good employees. I support assured housing for workers and I support economic opportunities through diversification and the education of our workforce. I also feel that although tourism has served this community well, we are reaching a point of diminishing returns. Our infrastructure, which has not kept pace with development, is straining from the impacts of tourism. I support sustainable growth that balances the needs of both residents and visitors. Lastly, we are lucky to live in a place of so much natural beauty. I believe in smart land use decisions that support our economic base. I am running because I believe it is time for Moab to have a vision for growth – not just a plan.

Rory Paxman: There is a divide in our country and there is a divide in this community. I was taught in my youth that we all must work together. I believe our community will really gain traction in solving our problems when we reach a stronger sense of unity.

What steps, if any, should the council take to address the potential impacts of special events in the county? In your opinion, are there any events that are having a negative impact on the county’s quality of life?

Curtis Wells: The motorized events are our best events economically. My advice on this issue for concerned citizens is to respectfully voice and document your concerns and to be patient. Jeep Safari in the 90s was unbelievably chaotic and in many instances dangerous for our youth. Our local officials and law enforcement have successfully corralled this event and it is currently very well managed. I also want to add that the “Throttle Down in Town” campaign was a great example of a proactive, bipartisan, community-driven solution. Good things happen when we drop the politics and work together.

Sarah Sidwell: A moratorium on granting permits to new special events from March to October would be a good place to start. Yes, there are some events that are a nuisance. And they impact different areas of the community differently. Tourism and special events turned our economy around 20 years ago and, for better or for worse, we need to learn how to coexist until we have a more diversely prosperous community.

Evan Clapper: Twenty years ago, Grand County was eager to attract events for economic reasons; now, there’s no shortage of visitors. Currently, county permits are issued through a basic administrative process. I’d like to see the county special event permitting look more like the city’s, and move final approval to the council level where we could look at the full impact of costs and benefits, both economic and social. I’d also like to see more events that focus on residents rather than visitors like our old county fair. It’s time to shift the focus from quantity to quality.

Jason Zimmerman: We should continue to support all special events in Moab. These events are the bread and butter of our local economy. All of these special events, to some degree, have negative effects on our community. I would like to see more tolerance and education when it comes to some of these events.

Greg Halliday: Special events should be planned so as to mitigate negative impacts to local residents. Good planning can make events rewarding to participants, as well as allow for acceptance by local citizens. Events should always be self-supporting. Traffic is a negative result of events.

Heather Jo White: The council should support local law enforcement and code enforcement for the events that come into Grand County. I support the special events and feel that we shouldn’t discriminate against certain groups. I believe in the permitting process and that code violations need to be enforced. After all, the revenue that these special events bring into our community is what brings revenue into Moab.

Rachel Nelson: I feel that many special events enrich the community through art, music and competition. If there is a capacity or safety issue, then we need to address that on a per event basis and determine if we actually have enough hotel rooms, parking and EMS services and whether it will have an adverse impact to noise and traffic. Cooperation and planning can go a long way in managing potential conflicts, but ultimately we can afford to be selective.

Rory Paxman: Special Events breathe life into our community. As a council member, I would love to hear if any citizens have any comments or negative feelings regarding certain events. The great thing about Grand County is our diversity of events and the people they bring in, from Jeep Safari, Plein Air, the Rock & Gem Shows and Fat Tire. There’s a wide variety of people who enjoy Moab and help boost our local economy. Event planners have a number of requirements they must complete in order to even have the event which alerts authorities to the potential impacts, which I feel is vital. I think the community’s biggest concerns are when event goers aren’t at the event. The “Throttle Down” campaign has been a success. Being proactive and providing event organizers with information about our community and making sure our expectations are met is important.

Grand County has made significant revisions to the county code to facilitate the development of more affordable housing. Do you support these changes, and are there any additional changes you’d like to enact to address the affordable housing issue?

Curtis Wells: I’m appreciative of the leadership by our community development department to drive this issue to the forefront. I’m certainly in favor of common sense government solutions like increasing densities, etc. I do have some concerns with the proposed assured housing ordinance. Specifically, and mentioned by the recent panel from Park City, this is a policy that is very delicate and needs to have ample input from the local private sector. I’m concerned that this policy hasn’t allowed for the appropriate insight from local businesspeople needed to preserve a pro-business climate. I want to confirm that I’m OK with developers contributing to the mitigation of housing issues and I’m not OK with our taxpayers subsidizing housing. I’m a private sector guy. Affordable housing for me as an 18-year-old in Moab was a single-wide trailer in the Pack Creek Campground on Murphy Lane. It wasn’t much, but it was affordable, and it was mine. I had skin in the game and I worked hard to make it nice. We need more trailer parks and apartment buildings, folks. I don’t believe we’re going to solve the housing problem for the poor through government policies. I’d like to see the county incentivize and execute the development of the previously mentioned options.

Sarah Sidwell: I absolutely support an Assured Housing program which is currently being discussed. Two other things to look at are working with developers on creating deed restrictions so prices remain affordable and making it more worthwhile for current landlords who rent overnight to rent long-term instead. Other housing options that would be beneficial to our community: dorms for seasonal employees, low-rent RV parks, tiny home communities. All of this is dependent on increasing density in places where it makes sense to do so and on having decent infrastructure to support this kind of development. The council should determine the place and provide for the infrastructure and that will allow developers to be creative and create these solutions.

Evan Clapper: Attainable housing is a keystone issue. Our economy, education, health care and general quality of life all depend on housing. As a manager responsible for hiring staff, I know there is a workforce who want to be here who can’t find housing. There are good-paying jobs at our hospital that can’t be filled because of the lack of housing in this town. Half of new teachers hired last year left after one year, citing the lack of affordable housing as the reason. I’ve lived in other tourism-based economies before settling in Moab; I know that without proper planning and zoning, market forces would push for houses to be built from rim to rim in this valley and that eventually investment buyers will out-bid our local families. It’s happening already. I personally know people who grew up in Moab and work here, but have been outpriced and have moved to Green River and La Sal. I will work hard to keep up the momentum for protecting attainable housing.

Jason Zimmerman: I support simplifying the code. Grand County is already over-regulated, which is making it harder for private property owners, developers, contractors and our citizens.

Greg Halliday: Overall, I support the revisions the county has made to the county code concerning development. However, care must be taken to ensure that development does not exceed the goals of zoning. One of the most difficult housing issues involves seasonal workers because housing may be vacant during part of the year. Lately, the county has had representatives from Park City and Ogden who have presented a number of good ideas regarding this issue.

Heather Jo White: Obviously, there is no argument that there is a definite housing issue in Moab and that this needs to be addressed. But I do not agree with the Assured Housing Plan that has been recently introduced. I believe that “forcing” developers to build affordable housing will deter companies from coming into Moab and push them into other communities. We need to work with developers and investors; I think that incentivizing developers and supporting mineral leases will bring in higher-paying jobs, which will provide livable wages to the workforce. This will help diversify our economy. Enforcing code violations on the B&B industry will also help keep housing available to residents, rather than help drive the prices up and limit the availability to those in need.

Rachel Nelson: I definitely support the changes made by the county and efforts by other non-governmental organizations to provide housing opportunities for residents. I also believe in employing successful tactics that have worked in other communities, such as requiring developers to build a percentage of affordable housing units with deed restrictions. It should be a cost of doing business in this town.

Rory Paxman: Affordable housing in Grand County is a huge issue. Economic growth will not increase if we cannot provide housing for all the workers needed for our community. I support the code changes and trying to help future development.

Do you support efforts to build a highway or “enhanced transportation corridor” through the Book Cliffs?

Curtis Wells: I support Grand County having a seat at the table during this discussion. I’d have to see what Grand County stands to gain economically.

Sarah Sidwell: This is an issue I honestly cannot believe we are still debating. It was a bad idea decades ago and it’s still a bad idea. The hunters don’t want it because of the negative impact on the mule deer population. The 4-wheel enthusiasts don’t want it because of the loss of recreation opportunities. And the environmentalists don’t want it because of the obvious destruction to the ecosystem.

Evan Clapper: An enhanced transportation corridor through the Book Cliffs has come up in many different proposals over the years. Regardless of the impacts that a Book Cliffs Highway would have on an amazing wild area, the residents of Grand County and the county council have voted over and over to oppose the Book Cliffs Road for decades. The Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board (CIB) doesn’t have bottomless pockets to fund every project we can imagine. That’s the same money that could be used to help support a USU campus to better train and prepare our local workforce, renovate our municipal buildings and improve our jail, middle school, etc. Instead of spending CIB funds on speculative investments, they should be used in a way that would directly benefit residents of Grand County.

Jason Zimmerman: This is a state issue. Grand County lacks the ability and the authority to impact this issue in a way that reflects our over-politicized narrative. We need to keep an open mind and position our county appropriately.

Greg Halliday: I do not support efforts to build a highway or “enhanced transportation corridor” through the Book Cliffs. No funding source has been secured, nor has a responsible governmental entity been identified. Additionally, the status of the major benefactor is uncertain; as its economic viability is tied to the price of crude oil. The price per barrel of crude oil must be over $100 for profitability. I do not see a logical reason to build an access road through this area at this time. Construction of a highway would cost over $200 million, and that is not figuring in the cost of maintenance or repairs. We have many miles of roadway in our county that could benefit from that much money – roadway that the county currently has to maintain. I cannot support another example of corporate welfare.

Heather Jo White: First of all, this is a state issue; whether we like it or not, if they decide to build the highway, there really is nothing we can do about it. But what we can do is negotiate to ensure the safety of our environment and community is maintained. We also need to be able to take the monetary benefit from the transportation of any commodities that are transported.

Rachel Nelson: Definitely not – our wildland habitats are getting fragmented more and more, and I do not see the benefit to Grand County in subsidizing the road. It is shortsighted, and as a county and nation, we need support the move to cleaner (now mainstream) energy sources and support jobs that are not as affected by market volatility.

Rory Paxman: I wouldn’t support any heavy hauling or industrial activity, but perhaps a scenic road related to tourism.

Should the Grand County Council formally ask the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to change the name of Negro Bill Canyon?

Curtis Wells: The current name is supported by the NAACP and by the majority of our citizens. This is a non-issue for me. The current name honors the historical significance of Bill Grandstaff’s experience in Grand County.

Sarah Sidwell: I am very torn by this issue and can easily see both sides of it. It seems to me, however, to be one of those issues that is so politically polarizing and emotional that it draws away from where our focus should be. We, as a county, have no control over what the name of the canyon is. We need to focus on things that will make a difference in our community; things that we do have the power to change, like the lack of affordable housing, our crumbling infrastructure, lack of economic diversity, increasing education options and making sure the people who keep our town operating have decent options for growth within our community. Those are the things I will focus on.

Evan Clapper: It saddens me that this is such a dividing point within our community when both sides aim to commemorate William Grandstaff and his significance in our local history. The council, which has no authority over the canyon name, has lots of pressing issues that need to be addressed. If a letter to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names would allow us to move on, then so be it.   

Jason Zimmerman: No. In America, we have trusted black history and its culture to the NAACP. They have ruled against the name change. There are over 700 places in America that have the word “negro.” Grand County is the only one trying to change the name. I will not spend any more time or waste any more of the taxpayers’ money arguing over this issue.

Greg Halliday: Why is it that we want to maintain the current name? What does changing it or not reflect on our community? Who was Bill Grandstaff and would there be a more positive way to remember him?

Heather Jo White: I believe that changing the names of our landscapes and geographic areas is rewriting history. I think that the names need to stay the same. A piece of history was lost when they changed the name of (the trailhead sign at) Negro Bill Canyon.

Rachel Nelson: I teach mapmaking at USU-Moab and I tell my students the problem with place names is they do not persist through time. Think of the pronunciation of “Amasa” or the switching of Delicate and Landscape Arch or even the first renaming of Negro Bill Canyon. History and the naming of things are recorded by the dominant culture of the time – sometimes a little unfairly. Our popular hiking trail is named using an antiquated racial epithet – an all-too-common practice reserved for minorities. I do not believe we need to hold onto a name that creates racial divides in our community.

Rory Paxman: No. Research indicates that William called himself that. I feel like people are taking offense to something instead of seeing the historical accuracy.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

Curtis Wells: My grandpa Jimmie Walker was a county commissioner in 1980s Moab and I’m dedicated to win this election for him.

Sarah Sidwell: I write Sci-Fi very early in the morning. It’s mostly short story or flash fiction format, just enough for a snapshot of a moment. I have only had two of my pieces published so far. There’s not much of a market for my style, but I don’t do it to sell; I do it because I enjoy it.

Evan Clapper: I usually sleep on my right side. (Who would know that??)

Jason Zimmerman: I was in a Sears Diehard battery commercial when I was 11 years old. We shot the commercial in Arches and it was broadcast nationally.

Greg Halliday: One thing that most people do not know about me is that I was there on September 11, 2001, when the Pentagon was attacked. I was at my desk when someone came into the office and said that the Pentagon was on fire. We rushed outside only to see billowing clouds of black smoke rising into the sky. Only later did we learn that a commercial airline full of people had purposely flown into the Pentagon. It had taken off from Dulles International Airport just a few minutes before the impact. My brothe,r who was also in the Army as an emergency doctor at Fort Belvoir, was involved in treating the wounded. It was real panic in Washington, D.C., that day.

Heather Jo White: That I used to run half marathons.

Rachel Nelson: I have bicycled from California to the tip of Argentina on a crappy mountain bike.

Rory Paxman: Most people wouldn’t know that my hobby is working with wood. In fact, I enjoy making cabinets and other furniture.

What do you do for fun?

Curtis Wells: Right now, I’m knocking on doors and talking to voters!

Sarah Sidwell: Run for office! Also, gardening, costuming, working on my vehicles, reading, researching, hiking, exploring, traveling, and of course, rafting!

Evan Clapper: My idea of fun is long grueling adventures with my family and friends and running for county council.

Jason Zimmerman: I spent most of my childhood racing motocross and retired at the age of 40. I have been playing poker for 10 years and I have competed in the World Series of Poker over the last five years. I actively enjoy climbing, hiking, hunting and all of the things that bring people to Moab.

Greg Halliday: Now that I am really retired, I participate in Mountain Man Rendezvous around the intermountain area. I attend 5 to 6 rendezvous per year, starting with the Fort Buena Ventura Rendezvous. Next comes the Fremont, Cache Valley, Fort Bridger, and ends with the Tooele Rendezvous. These rendezvous are all pre-1840 events. I have built five 33 rifles, three flintlock long rifles and two percussion cap rifles and am currently building a flintlock pistol and 1851 revolver. Additionally, I build powder horns, possible bags, knives, moccasins, primitive leather clothing, gourd canteens, tomahawks, etc., as needed. Susan, my wife, has made me shirts and a hunting frock. One of the many things that I also do is walk approximately 7 miles per day with Gertie, my dog. In September of this year, I logged 187 miles. In 2015, I walked 1,891 miles.

Heather Jo White: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Whether it be at the lake fishing, in the mountains hunting or riding around on the trails, or at the house cheering on my favorite sporting event, surrounding myself with family and friends is my idea of fun.

Rachel Nelson: Swim at the river beaches with my two kids, bike, climb, hike, camp …. you name it, I love this place!

Rory Paxman: I love traveling and meeting new people. I enjoy spending time with my family camping and watching my kids grow in our beautiful community.

The Moab Sun News reached out to local candidates who are running for contested seats in this year’s general election and gave them a chance to revise the questions they submitted ahead of the June 28 primary election.

Two candidates each are running for four open seats on the Grand County Council.

In the race for outgoing Grand County Council member Lynn Jackson’s At-Large seat, Curtis Wells will face Sarah Sidwell.

Evan Clapper was previously running unopposed for outgoing Grand County Council member Ken Ballantyne’s District 2 seat, but he now faces a challenge from write-in candidate Jason Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s name will not appear on the ballot because it was not submitted by the county’s registration deadline, according to Grand County Deputy Clerk Renee Baker.

Greg Halliday and Heather Jo White are running for outgoing Grand County chair Elizabeth Tubbs’ District 4 seat, while District 5 incumbent Rory Paxman is vying with Rachel Nelson for his seat.

You don’t have to wait until Tuesday, Nov. 8, to cast your votes for local, state and federal office, or for propositions on this year’s general election ballots.

Active registered voters in Grand County should start to receive their ballots around Saturday, Oct. 22, and you can return them via mail if they’re postmarked by Monday, Nov. 7, or drop them off in person at the Grand County Clerk’s Office during office hours until 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Grand County switched to a vote-by-mail election system in 2014, so voters will not be able to show up at traditional polling places on Election Day and cast their ballots in person. The county’s mail-in election process differs from Moab City’s municipal elections for mayor and city council, which are held in odd-numbered years.

If you recently moved, your voter registration will not be automatically updated – even if you changed your address with the U.S. Postal Service, Utah Division of Motor Vehicles or other government entities. You must re-register to vote with your updated address, which you can do in person at the county clerk’s office, 125 E. Center St., or online at You will also need to re-register if you change your political party affiliation.

The online and in-person registration period ends on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Any changes in online registration require that your Utah driver’s license match your current address. If your driver’s license does not match your current address that you are using to register, the clerk’s office will also require proof of your current address in some form.

To learn more about the candidates, and to find links to their websites, go to:

For more information about the mail-in election, you can go to:, and, or you can contact the Grand County Clerk’s Office at 435-259-1321.

Tuesday, October 11: Last day to mail in voter registration form.

Tuesday, October 18: Ballots will be mailed out to voters.

Tuesday, November 1: Last day to register in person at the Grand County Clerk’s Office, or online at, to vote in the general election. If you have moved recently, or changed your political party affiliation, you must re-register to vote.

Thursday, November 3: Last day that ballots will be mailed out.

Monday, November 7: By-mail ballots must be postmarked by this date.

Tuesday, November 8: General Election Day. The Grand County Clerk’s Office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ballot dropbox at the office will close at 8 p.m.