Last-minute candidates file for local public offices

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FARMINGTON, Utah - The deadline to sign up to run for local public offices in Utah ended on Friday.

Farmington had just one mayoral candidate before Friday afternoon. Jim Talbot, a city councilman and developer who is near retirement, was the only person on the ballot. But that changed on Friday with a last-minute addition.

"I'm excited for him as well as for myself to enter this race and see what happens," Talbot said.

At 4:45 p.m., retired advertiser John Bowker filed papers at City Hall.

"I had a group approach me last night very anxious to have me consider it," Bowker said. "I want to see the city of Farmington continue to grow as it has been."

The situation in Farmington wasn't unique. Before Friday, Sandy, Saratoga Springs, Bluffdale and Eagle Mountain had just one mayoral candidate. But last-minute filers made each a two-person race.

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