Midvale District 3 candidate Paul Hunt is leading the race against openly gay candidate Alan Anderson despite his being on parole for using a company credit card for personal expenses.
In February, Hunt pleaded guilty to wrongful appropriation of more than $30,000 from Infobase Media Corp., his former employer. Hunt was charged with a second-degree felony, but he pleaded the charge down to a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced with suspended jail time, a fine and two years probation. The Utah County prosecutor’s office said Hunt has paid $200 of the $30,000 he owes. Hunt currently serves on the Midvale Planning Commission.
Hunt was the front-runner in the primary election and received 166 votes to Anderson’s 60. Hunt touts his conservative credentials and his LDS religion.
Anderson, in a previous interview, expressed his desire to see Midvale improve and is not making the election about his sexuality.
“I love my city. I love my neighborhood and I really do think it is the hidden gem of the valley,” Anderson said. “I am really interested in running not because I am gay, but because I care about my neighborhood and I want to see it develop.”
Anderson has been involved politically on several levels, and while the race is officially nonpartisan, he has held several leadership positions within the Democratic Party. He was a precinct and legislative chair within the party and he has been involved in grassroots activism for different Democratic candidates.