Utah Valley Chamber hosting night for Provo residents to meet their candidates

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There are nine mayoral candidates in the Provo primary election.

The Utah Valley Chamber is providing Provo residents an opportunity to get to know mayoral and city council candidates on Wednesday, July 19.

With the primary election less than a month away — which will be held on Aug. 15 — the “Meet the Candidates Night” will feature all nine mayoral candidates as well as the nine candidates running for city council.

“It’s an opportunity of the chamber to bring the community closer together and understand what the platforms are for each of the candidates,” said John Whittaker, director of events and programming for the Utah Valley Chamber.

While the event officially runs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., candidates will set up booths starting at 6 p.m. and residents can talk to candidates prior to the presentations. At 7 p.m., the candidates will draw numbers to determine the order in which they will speak to the crowd. Each candidate will be allotted three minutes to introduce themselves and explain their platform.

“It’s an opportunity of the chamber to bring the community closer together and understand what the platforms are for each of the candidates.” — John Whittaker, Utah Valley Chamber director of events

Following the short introductions, the 18 candidates will separate to their individual booths so that residents can meet them and ask further questions.

“The Chamber is really here to be of help to businesses and individuals, so it’s a great opportunity for us to get everyone together to know what is going on in the city,” Whittaker said.

There are nine residents running for mayor: Elliot G. Craig, Sherrie Hall Everett, John Fenley, Michelle G. Kaufusi, Odell Miner, Eric Speckhard, Howard Stone, Larry Walters and Kevin Wing.

The City Wide I candidates includes Hunter Phillips, Dave Sewell, Mike Roan and Wesley Marriott. District 2 candidates include David Clark, George Handley and Leo Lines.

Since there are only two candidates running, District 5 candidates David Harding and Tinesha Zandamela will not be part of the primary election.

“Meet the Candidates Night” is on Wednesday, July 15, from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. at the Provo Rec Center (320 W. 500 North). If you are unable to attend, Provo Channel 17 will record the presentations and post the video online at provo.org. Learn more about the candidates at voteprovo.com.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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