Ogden Mayor Scott Sneddon, who has shown interest in being a gubernatorial running mate, says Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis should choose a northern Utahn for the No. 2 spot if he decides to run.
Sneddon once was interested in the lieutenant governor's position on the Democratic ticket, but took himself out of the running.DePaulis, who announced last month he would not seek re-election as mayor, is considering a campaign for governor.
He said he was approached by Sneddon late last year about the possibility of Sneddon being his running mate.
"He told me he wanted to be considered and I said I appreciated that, but I haven't even decided if I'm going to run," DePaulis said. "I was happy to have that information. I said, `Keep in touch.' "
DePaulis said he knows Sneddon from their work together on the Utah League of Cities and Towns and on Utah's Olympic bid.
"We have a good working relationship. We're not personal friends," he said.
Sneddon, Ogden's part-time mayor, plans to run this year for the full-time mayor's job that was created when voters last fall decided to replace Ogden's council-manager form of government with a council-mayor system. The full-time mayor takes office in January 1992.
Sneddon said he doubted Ogden's next mayor will have time to run for lieutenant governor while overseeing city agencies and easing the transition to the new system of government.
"The problem with me if he were to ask me is, you have a new form of government and a transition," Sneddon said. "If he were to ask me at this point, I would not accept. I would be flattered, but I would encourage him to pick somebody else from the county."
Sneddon said he mentioned to DePaulis the names of two other Weber County Democrats he considers lieutenant governor material: Rep. Grant Protzman, D-North Ogden, assistant House minority whip; and Ogden City Council member Barbara Dirks.
"It is of considerable importance to me that we have someone from northern Utah," Sneddon said.