Weber County Commission Debate to be held at WSU

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University’s Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service will host the Weber County Commissioner Candidate debate May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hurst Center Dumke Legacy Hall.

Candidates seeking Weber County Commission Seat C are Jim Harvey, longtime general manager of the Golden Spike Events Center and Caitlin Gochnour, former Ogden City Council member.

Harvey was nominated at the Weber County Republican convention held April 16, and Gochnour gathered signatures from at registered county voters as required by Senate Bill 54, which provides an alternate path to the primary ballot.

No Democrats filed to run for Commission Seat C, so the primary election will determine the winner of the seat, making the questions and answers at this debate significant to voters.

“In the United States, we focus our attention on national politics and participate less in local races,” said Carol McNamara, Walker Institute director. “The reverse should be true. The decisions of local leaders affect our lives more directly. The next Weber County Commissioner will make decisions affecting libraries, recreation and the relationship between automobiles and bikes on the North Ogden Divide, which connects the foothills of North Ogden to the Upper Ogden Valley.”

Greg Halling, executive editor of the Standard-Examiner will moderate the debate, which is free and open to the public.

The event is part of the Walker Institute’s ongoing efforts to support democratic engagement in Utah. For more information regarding the institute, visit

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