Ultimately, we received responses from every Commission Candidate except Kerry Gibson. Interestingly, in the November 1, 2010 issue of the Ogden Valley news, a letter to the editor from Kerry Gibson states,
First, a warm thank you to the owners of The Ogden Valley News for donating space to the many candidates to publish their biographies. This is a public service that cannot be underestimated.
It would appear that I was one of the few candidates that didn't supply the Valley citizens with my contact information via my biography. While slightly embarrassing, I promise it was unintentional. Mistakes happen. It's how we handle them that counts. Rest assured, I am available. My constituents can attest to this.Mr. Gibson goes on to tout his relationships with his constituents and fellow Legislators.
We will leave it to our humble readers to decide who best will serve the interests of not only Ogden Valley, but the entire Weber County.
Click here to read the responses to our questions
What say our Ogden Valley faithful about the upcoming Weber County Commission election?
UPDATE: 10/27/10 @ 9:30 PM
We just received a classic follow the money tip from a faithful follower.
Before you make that final decision on who to vote for, be sure to see who has supported the candidates with their pocket books. We found some very peculiar and interesting donors.
• 2010 Campaign Finance Disclosures - Major Weber County Candidates
Of particular interest is Kerry Gibson, who raised some $48,000 in his campaign war chest (15 TIMES the amount of his competitor). Some of his larger "donors" include The Utah Association of Realtors ($2,500), Powder Mountain Resort Managements ($1,000), Gregg & Amy Greer [CEO of Powder Mountain] ($1,000), Energy Solutions ($600) and others.
Click here to view Kerry Gibson's Campaign Financial Report 2010
Jan Zogmaister's is also interesting. Contributors include: Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors ($1,000), Infamous Huntsville developer Ron Catanzero ($200) and others.
Click here to view Jan Zogmaister's Campaign Financial Report 2010
We will note that when we set out to question our candidates several weeks ago, we had no intention of following the money. Our intent was to provide an unbiased overview of the candidate's views on a variety of issues facing Weber County so our readers could more easily make an informed decision.
While we had heard rumors that certain candidates were Realtor and developer shills, we tried to look at this important race without bias. In this "pay to play" state of Utah politics, it would appear that some candidates are being supported by interests that don't align with those of most residents.
With a war chest 15 times that of his opponent, it is no wonder Mr. Gibson feels safe in snubbing the lowly folks at the Ogden Valley News and the Ogden Valley Forum.
Follow the money!!