A petition by Daggett County Attorney Wayne Searle to run for re-election as a write-in candidate has been taken under advisement by the Utah Supreme Court.

Searle, who is the only attorney in the sparsely populated county in northeast Utah, is running unopposed in a retention election.Assistant Attorney General Rich Wyss argued that Searle must stand for election as a "yes-no" candidate because of a change in the election law. Searle was permitted to run as a write-in candidate in 1988, but the law now requires an individual to file for retention election when he or she is the sole candidate.

To get around the new provision, Searle filed as required and then sought to withdraw from the race and run as a write-in candidate.