Carbon County voters will choose only one county commissioner and a couple of school board members in the general election.
Several races were decided in the primary, and several county officials had no opposition in either the primary or general election.Candidates for county commissioner are Bill Krompel, the incumbent and a Democrat, and Charles Bezyack, who is running as an Independent.
Bezyack, a semi-retired businessman, said in addition to being concerned about county government and having time to do the job, he would like to see an end to the one-party system. He said voters are entitled to a choice.
Krompel, a 40-year-old mathematics teacher at Carbon High School, is basing his campaign on his record during his past four years in office.
"When I took office Jan. 1, 1987, the county had a deficit of nearly $413,000. At the end of 1989, there was a $42,241 surplus," Krompel said. Commissioners have recently reduced the county tax rate from16 mills to 15.45 mills.
An efficient county government, fiscal restraint, a balanced budget and the acquisition of mineral lease monies have enabled commissioners to fund much needed proj-ects. These include improving county roads, a water line project along the airport road and installation of the 911 emergency telephone system.
Krompel, who believes his background in mathematics, science and computers is helpful to him in managing county affairs, said he has good rapport with the coal companies. On several occasions, he has worked to give extra help to new companies or those experiencing difficulties.
He hopes to establish a $400,000 revolving loan fund to assist small business in the county. A federal grant has been applied for to provide the fund. He is also working on a committee to develop a computer model to determine the best way to improve the county's water resources.
Bezyack is a lifelong resident of Carbon County. He attended local schools and worked in the retail grocery business. He owned his own store in Helper, near Spring Canyon, until the mines in Spring Canyon closed. He later bought a grocery store in Price, which he operated for 20 years before converting the building to rental properties. He sells real estate and earlier in his life worked to help install a natural gas pipeline.
He is interested in encouraging growth and economic development, coordinating local resources and in supporting open government. He said he would work for beautification and preservation, improved health services, improved recreational facilities, better sanitation services and for financial responsibility.
"I believe running a business and running county government have a lot in common," Bezyack said. "In business the bottom line is profit. In government, it is achieving the lowest tax rate possible while serving taxpayer needs."
Bezyack said Carbon County voters have fewer choices than usual this year because Krompel eliminated his Democratic opposition by getting 70 percent of the delegate votes in the county convention.
He also said most people do not remember a Republican being elected in the county. The last one was Sheriff Marion Bliss in the 1930s.
Bezyack and his wife, Louise, live in Price. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Krompel lives in the county near the family farm where he grew up. he and his wife, Joni, have three children.
With many county contests decided, interest in the election seems to be low. A debate on removal of state and local sales tax on food was canceled because of lack of interest. However, it has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon in the Alumni Room at College of Eastern Utah. CEU is sponsoring the debate along with the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce. Debating the issue will be Dennis Dooley and Paul Rogers.