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ByChad J. Johnson

Jun 23, 2022

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The GOP candidates for Weber County Commission Seat B are Sharon Bolos, left, and Bill Olson, second from left. The hopes for seat A on the commission are Gage Froerer, second from right, and Shanna Francis, from right. Primary voting ends Tuesday, June 28, 2021.

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The GOP hopes for Weber County Clerk/Auditor are Toby Mileski, left, and incumbent Rick Hatch. The primary ballot ends on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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OGDEN — With the primary voting deadline looming, Weber County Republicans will choose GOP nominees for two County Commission positions that will open up as well as the county clerk/auditor position.

Given that Scott Jenkins, who currently sits in the B seat of the county commission, is not seeking re-election, at least one newcomer will come to the body. The GOP contenders are Bill Olson and Sharon Bolos, with the winner next Tuesday set to face libertarian Brian Rowley in November.

Incumbents Gage Froerer and Shanna Francis are the GOP contenders in the race for the County Commission A seat, with the first winner squaring off in November against Democrat John Thompson.

Ricky Hatch, the outgoing county clerk/auditor, faces a challenge from Toby Mileski in the GOP primary. In the absence of candidates from other parties, the primary vote will decide this race.

The mail-in ballots are out and voting culminates next Tuesday. Here’s more on the Republican primary candidates for county office:

Seat B, Weber County Commission: Sharon Bolos is an accountant and former two-term mayor of West Haven.

“I’m used to working collaboratively with stakeholders to find solutions that benefit everyone. I believe in small government and have been successful in keeping that government in local hands,” she said in a campaign statement posted on the Utah State Elections page, run by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Utah. She served on West Haven City Council before being elected mayor and lost her bid for a third term as city leader last year.

Among its priorities are public safety, water conservation and housing affordability.

Bill Olson is a retired businessman running for elected office for the first time. He said he would take a business approach as county commissioner, viewing county residents as “shareholders or investors” and himself as beholden to them.

“Today, I am a retired business executive with over 40 years of experience starting and growing businesses across multiple industries,” he said in a campaign statement. He has developed business plans and managed and co-founded a range of businesses in marketing, molecular diagnostics, renewable energy and more.

Olson is also active in the Weber County Republican Party.

The latest campaign finance reports were due Tuesday. Olson declared $16,842.94 in contributions and $14,577.88 in expenses. Bolos brought in $41,727.54 in contributions and $17,536.24 in expenses.

Seat A, Weber County Commission: Gage Froerer, a Huntsville resident and former member of the Utah House seeking his second and final term as Weber County Commissioner, is a strong advocate for property rights. He is a real estate broker and said he would take a businessman’s approach to running the county, paying particular attention to spending.

On his campaign website, he notes several accomplishments during his tenure as county commissioner, including the elimination of a $60,000 payment to which elected officials were entitled upon leaving office. He also noted that the county became a Second Amendment sanctuary under his leadership and touted steps to refinance the county’s debt, saving $2 million a year.

Francis, from Eden, runs the Ogden Valley News newspaper and sits on the Ogden Valley Planning Commission, an advisory body to county commissioners on planning matters in the Ogden Valley.

She had focused on “sustainably conserving the county’s most precious natural resources – its people, water, clean air and open spaces,” she said in a campaign statement.

One of its main goals would be to “adapt housing and resort development to ‘best practice’ standards for balanced and healthy communities.” As Utah suffers from a drought, she would also focus on the proper management of drinking and secondary water resources.

Francis brought in $5,443.84 in contributions and $8,791 in campaign expenses. Froerer declared $55,415.05 in contributions and $22,519.87 in expenses.

Weber County Clerk/Auditor: Ricky Hatch is seeking his fourth term as clerk/auditor, a position that helps manage the county budget and oversees elections.

In a campaign statement, he cited his expertise in elections, accounting and auditing and his passion “for good government.”

He noted the accolades his office received in its election management efforts as well as its efforts as jitters over voter fraud escalated amid the 2020 U.S. presidential vote.

As concerns mounted, “I did something about it, mapping the entire election process, identifying risks and safeguards, and recommending improvements,” Hatch said. “I then championed legislation that strengthens election security across the state.”

Under his leadership, he said, the county tweaked its benefits package, saving $23 million over 10 years, paying off debt sooner, creating a fraud hotline and implementing implementation of new internal audit programs.

Mileski, former mayor of Pleasant View, highlighted his efforts to oversee and control public spending. He has been working in real estate for over 30 years.

“I understand the importance of taxpayers’ money and have been recognized as a ‘taxpayer watchdog’,” he said in a campaign statement. “The public service should not be a professional enterprise at the expense of taxpayers.”

Among his goals as clerk/auditor would be safeguarding election security “by analyzing every step of the process and making the process transparent to increase voter confidence.” It would also carry out audits of public spending to ensure that tax funds “are well spent”.

Hatch brought in $22,709.94 in contributions and $18,061.47 in campaign expenses. Mileski declared $38,259.59 in contributions and $41,627.84 in expenses.


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