The race for county clerk is the only three-way race in the county. Incumbent Republican H. Dixon Hindley is being challenged by Sherrie Swensen, a Democrat, and Independent Party candidate Betty Christensen.
Swensen is director of administration for the state Democratic Party and said she would work to make voter registration easier, particularly for the elderly and the handicapped, if elected to the office. She said she would solicit free access to print and broadcast media to publicize voter registration programs.Swensen also believes drivers' licenses, and not voter registration rolls, should be used to select individuals for jury duty. Drivers also should be registered to vote when they get or renew their licenses, she believes.
Swensen says she has received personal endorsements from a number of prominent Democrats, including Salt Lake County Sheriff Pete Hayward, County Attorney David Yocom, Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis and other current and former local and state elected officials.
Christensen said she favors eliminating the sales tax on food "because it is wrong and no political party can make it right."
Christensen is running for office for the first time and said she would find a way to salvage the good votes on ballots that are "kicked out" by county computers because they have an invalid marking on them.
Christensen has worked as a registered nurse with the Veterans Administration and St. Mark's hospitals and with the Red Cross Bloodmobile. She currently manages two duplexes and is co-founder of the state Independent Party, vice chairwoman of the party's Salt Lake County chapter and chairwoman of the Salt Lake County convention.
Hindley is in his second term as clerk and was elected after serving as chief deputy clerk for five years. He said the clerk's office is one that draws very little attention at election time. "I run a very professional office. It's the most un-partisan office of the place," he said, despite a recent criticism by the state Democratic Party that Hindley always lists Republicans first on the ballot.
Republicans defend the practice by saying that in counties where the clerk is a Democrat, Democrats always are listed first.
Hindley has been topped by Swensen in raising campaign funds. As of Oct. 22, Hindley had raised $3,219, including $1,225 in personal loans to the campaign, while Swensen had raised $4,559 in a campaign that is heavily supported by the Democratic Party and union labor.
Hindley is a former county Republican chairman and was an unsuccessful candidate the 2nd Congressional District in 1984.