Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on October 21, 2011
Midvale, Utah – The Midvale City Council race for District 3 is drawing some interest around the state, as the frontrunner candidate plead guilty to defrauding his company last February.
In the last few years, Infobase Media Corp, the parent company to LDS Audio, says that candidate Paul Hunt was stealing money from them, using his company credit card to make personal purchases including restaurant meals and fireworks from Wyoming. The charges culminated with Hunt pleading guilty this past February.
But it seems that Midvale voters either don’t have a problem with the fraud conviction – or they’re not aware of it – as they gave Mr. Hunt almost 55% of the vote in the primaries last month.
Hunt’s opponent, Alan Anderson, so far has tried not to make the obvious conflict an issue in the race, preferring to let the voters draw their own conclusions. When asked directly about Hunt’s guilty plea to fraud, Mr. Anderson said, “”Mr. Hunt’s legal issues are his issues, they do not affect me personally, but they could have an effect on the people of Midvale. I am running for the people of Midvale. I am not running for myself, or for any personal recognition. My beliefs are that if I can help my fellow man, my life will be bettered.
Mr. Anderson has a long way to go to make up another 30% of the vote by the November elections though, so we do have to wonder whether Mr. Hunt’s fraud will still become an issue in the race for city council.