Three elected officials sworn in to start new termsFeb 09, 2024 12:43PM ● By Travis Barton
Three councilmembers were sworn in to the Midvale City Council on Jan. 2. (File photo)
The new year comes with a new face to Midvale City’s elected officials.
Councilmembers for Midvale’s Districts 1, 2 and 3 were officially sworn in on Jan. 2 after earning election wins in November.
While Councilmembers Paul Glover and Heidi Robinson won reelection for another term, respectively, Councilmember Bonnie Billings won District 1 after Quinn Sperry chose not to rerun.
Billings defeated Dustin Snow and Ben Umeadi in the city’s first ranked choice voting election. She won 61% of the vote in the first round of voting, not even requiring a second round of voting.
In her first council meeting on the dais, Billings thanked the residents of her district.
“They were so warm and welcoming through my campaign, and I’m really excited to get to work for them,” she said, before adding she understands the commitment required for the position and a promise to “do the best that I can in this position.”
Glover enters his fifth term representing District 2 running unopposed. Glover also ran unopposed in 2007 and 2011 before defeating his challenger in 2015 and 2019.
His longevity was perhaps represented in his short and succinct comments during the Jan. 2 council meeting.
“I am thankful that I have the opportunity to be able to serve and be able to do that the best I can to help the citizens and city of Midvale,” he said.
Robinson earned her second term on the council representing District 3. In 2019, Robinson won a tight race by 18 votes to sit on the council seat. November’s ranked choice voting saw her sitting in first after round one taking 40% of the vote before finalizing the victory in round two over Evan Feinberg.
“I’m very excited to be working with city staff for the next four years,” she said during the Jan. 2 council meeting.
Sitting Councilmembers Dustin Gettel and Bryant Brown both expressed their excitement and congratulations to the incoming and returning councilmembers. Gettel noted since they both joined the council six years ago, there was never two women serving on the council like there is now.
“That is an amazing thing for our city,” he said.
After the oath of office and members were sworn in, Mayor Marcus Stevenson congratulated the council members and noted how difficult and “really weird” it is to run for office.
“There’s nothing like going door to door and having to explain and really sell yourself,” he said. “It takes a ton of work and really appreciate you all for putting in that work.” λ