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Gary Kofford

I consider myself a native resident of Emery County, having been born in Huntington and attended school in Huntington, in the Emery County School District's education system. I graduated high school from Page High in the second graduating class of the new town of Page, Ariz. after my family had moved there for employment. I was a laborer on the Glen Canyon Dam for a short period, attended colleges in Utah for a period and married Glenna Jones from Huntington.

We set up housekeeping in Salt Lake City. I started employment for Mountain Fuel, a natural gas distribution company, now known as Questar Gas, as a laborer, working up in the ranks, ending my career of 32 years as the manager of the Ogden Region of Mountain Fuel. Glenna and I have three boys and one girl, and 14 grandchildren, which we think the world of.

We moved from Ogden to Castle Dale in 1995, I bought and remodeled an old home in the center of Castle Dale. I was employed by Johansen and Tuttle Engineering Company for a few years as a construction inspector. We served in the Singapore Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months, living in East Malaysia and Singapore during that time.

When I came back to the U.S., I felt that this is a great place to live and that I owed my community some more service, so I ran for the position of Emery County Commissioner. I am enjoying the opportunity of being a commissioner and serving the people of Emery County. It is a great time to be in Emery County.

I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 7 as I look forward to serving the great citizens of this wonderful county for another four years.

Mike Hurdsman

Mike Hurdsman will bring to the commissioner seat a lifetime of experience and education. With 28 years of service to Utah Power and Light, he had many opportunities to travel, receive training and gain experience in management skills. He worked up from entrance level positions as a skilled helper and meter reader to apprentice electrician, journeyman electrician, electrical supervisor, planner/scheduler and multi-craft supervisor before he retired in 2000.

At the Huntington Power Plant he had the opportunity to work both sides of the work force. He served as the Union Unit Chairman for IBEW Local 57 several years as well as serving in management positions for several years.

Mike and his wife Judy have made Huntington their home for the past 33 years. Their children are Darrin, Becky, Kevin, Brandin, Tifnie and Ethan.Mike served in the Utah Army National Guard. He has a full understanding of the role that Guardsmen and their families make in the defense and service to our nation and state. He has chaired the Emery County Chamber of Commerce for the past three years.

He is active in his church and enjoys most of his callings with the youth. As a Scouter, he is working as a mentor and teacher. He has enjoyed many outings, camps, backpack trips, trips to Mexico, ATV tours, cross-country skiing, rendezvous, rappelling, black powder shoots and other experiences with the youth. He enjoys hunting, archery, backpacking, ATVs, fishing, genealogy, archeology, aviation and being in the great outdoors.

Upon retirement, Mike took part of his retirement and expanded his car wash business into a full car care center in Huntington and later into Ferron. These businesses are providing work opportunities for 15 employees. Mike also enjoys working their small farm and loves working with the livestock and the land.Visit his website at, and please vote.

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