POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Candidates for Utah commission say growth is biggest issue

Oct 8, 2018, 1:19 PM

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Republican Tanner Ainge and his third-party opponent Teri McCabe both said managing central Utah’s fast growth is at the top of their priority list as they run for the same county commission seat.

Ainge and United Utah candidate McCabe are both hoping to replace Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves, The Daily Herald reported. No Democratic candidate has filed to run for the seat.

The son of former NBA star Danny Ainge said he was encouraged to run after a sexual harassment complaint surfaced against the current commissioner.

“It concerned me, it concerned a lot of people in the business community and in the state Legislature,” Ainge said. “They reached out to me and encouraged me to run. And this time, I was willing to do that.”

Ainge lost a congressional contest last year in a three-way race to replace former Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

McCabe, who is running with the newly-formed moderate party, said she has been working on reaching out to independent and unaffiliated voters, noting that younger voters are not attached to the two-party system.

“There are some Republicans who are probably moderates,” McCabe said. “They hear about me, and they’d rather vote for me.”

If elected, both candidates said addressing Utah County’s growth will be their focus. The county is expected to grow to 1.6 million people by 2050, meaning government leaders need to start planning for its effect on transportation, infrastructure, and resources.

“If we are only going to be raising taxes every 30 years, we might as well do it now, to prepare for the next 30 years,” McCabe said.

Ainge, who has run as a fiscal conservative, said it’s not a conservative principal to continue borrowing from the county’s reserves to continue paying for necessary services. Decreasing property tax rates every year is not a sustainable practice, he said.

“There’s an opportunity to keep tax rates very low, even the lowest, and still make sure we’re protecting ourselves against the rising cost of inflation,” Ainge said.

Ballots for the vote-by-mail election will be sent out next week.

Today’s Top Stories

Politics + Government

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries becomes the first Black lawmaker to lead a political party in the U.S. Congres...
Daniella Diaz

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Pelosi, the first Black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress

At 52, Jeffries represents a generational change from the current House Democratic leaders, who are three decades older than him.
5 days ago
The US Senate has passed a bill protecting same-sex and interracial marriage. It now returns to the...
Ali Zaslav and Ted Barrett

Senate passes bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage in landmark vote

The bill does not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same-sex marriage. Instead, it requires states to recognize another state's legal marriage.
6 days ago
Former Vice President Mike Pence is seen here with audience members after appearing at at CNN town ...
Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ for dinner with Holocaust denier

Former Vice President Mike Pence says former President Donald Trump was wrong for having dinner with a Holocaust denier and should apologize for it.
6 days ago
A ballot drop box is pictured. Those wanting to vote in the utah primary election can still vote in...
Sydnee Gonzalez

Analysis shows ‘sizable’ gap in Salt Lake’s west side/east side voter turnout

Voters on Salt Lake City's west side turned out for the 2022 midterms at a much lower rate than their east-side counterparts.
12 days ago
The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the Internal Revenue Service to release former Pre...
Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Supreme Court clears way for House to get Trump’s taxes

The court's move is a loss for Trump, who has sought to shield the release of his tax returns and is currently under multiple investigations.
13 days ago
The Biden administration is again extending the pause on federal student loan payments....
Arlette Saenz and Katie Lobosco, CNN

Biden extends student loan repayment freeze as program remains in court

The latest extension comes as the Biden administration's student loan forgiveness program remains tied up in the courts.
13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Candidates for Utah commission say growth is biggest issue