Saturday , February 10, 2018 - 5:00 AM
HOOPER — Lori Brinkerhoff, seeking a place via petition on the Republican ballot for a Weber County Commission seat, is chipping away at the number of signatures she needs.
Brinkerhoff has about 600 signatures, she said, on her way to the required 1,487 she needs to secure a place on the June 26 Republican primary ballot. She seeks the seat now held by Kerry Gibson, also a Republican.
Brinkerhoff, a former Hooper City Council member who formally launched her bid last month, says sustained economic development — long-term growth — is a key priority. “That means putting jobs in place, job creation,” she said.
Continuing road development is also big for her as well as other infrastructure upgrades, guarding against flooding and trimming the number of people who still rely on septic systems for sewage treatment.
The candidate, 51, served on the Hooper City Council until the end of her first four-year term at the end of 2017, opting not to seek re-election so she could make a bid for county commission instead.
She leads Weber County Republican Women, calls herself a “professional mom” and has long paid attention to politics. After seeing leaders from across the county in action as part of her duties on the Hooper City Council she decided she wanted to try for a spot on the county commission.
“I just didn’t like the way leadership was going,” she said. The initiatives she saw leaders pushing seemed to benefit “very few,” while she says she favors changes that will benefit more people.
Gibson announced plans in December to step down as county commissioner to take a job with the Utah Department of Natural Resources. Soon thereafter, he rescinded his resignation on learning he was the focus of an ongoing Ogden Police Department investigation and said he’d stay on “until my name is cleared.”
Ogden police have said little about the investigation and spokeswoman Capt. Danielle Croyle said Friday that the inquiry is “still active and ongoing” but provided no other information. Gibson was dealing with a family emergency and not immediately available for comment Friday.
Scott Jenkins, a former Utah state senator from Plain City, has also expressed interest in running for the seat now held by Gibson. County commission and other candidates may secure a spot on the June 26 primary ballot by collecting enough signatures on petitions or seeking the nomination of their respective party leaders at party conventions this coming spring.
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