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Five in the primary race for Layton City Council spots

August 3, 2017
Candidates for Layton City Council from left to right: Tom Day, Eric Willison, Joy Petro, Clint Morris and Dante Fratto.

Story by TIM VANDANECK • Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — Two Layton City Council spots are the focus of primary voting, with the two incumbents and three challengers facing off.

The top four vote-getters in the ongoing balloting, which ends Aug. 15, make it to the general election ballot on Nov. 7, when voters make their final decisions. Layton Mayor Robert Stevenson faces a challenge from Kyle Huntsman, but voters don’t weigh-in on that race until the general election.

The responses have been edited for clarity. 


Tom Day (incumbent)

Tom Day is one of five people running for Layton City Council.


Age: 56
Occupation: Farmer
Previous elective offices: Layton City Council, 2014-present

Focus on city council: As the fastest-growing city in one of the fastest-growing counties, the pressure of growth and development and how it occurs are the biggest issues.

Layton has a strong retail and growing industrial base, but how we develop our neighborhoods will determine the character of our city in the future. Responsible growth will be the key! There is a place for all types of housing, but all types of housing do not belong in all areas of the city. We need a strong general plan to guide future development in Layton to provide for strong jobs, good neighborhoods, parks and a high quality of life.


Dante Fratto

Dante Fratto is one of five people running for Layton City Council.


Age: 50
Occupation: Small-business owner
Previous elective offices: None

Focus on city council: Better growth planning and more community involvement with first responders.



Clint Morris

Clint Morris is one of five people running for Layton City Council.


Age: 46
Occupation: Vice president of marketing for Lifetime Products
Previous elective offices: None

Focus on city council: I will focus on maintaining Layton city’s strong economy as we grow. The largest sources of revenue for Layton city are sales tax revenue and property taxes. As we are 75 percent “built out,” the mix of business and residential land use is key. A strong economy in our business community is ideal as it provides revenue for services and keeps property taxes in check. This balance is essential as we continue to grow. We need higher-end retail that is less affected by e-commerce trends and to attract more industry that supports Hill Air Force Base’s mission and provides living wages.



Joy Petro (incumbent)

Joy Petro is one of five people running for Layton City Council.


Age: 56
Occupation: Semi-retired
Previous elective offices: Layton City Council, 2014-present

Focus on city council: It is important that we plan diligently for our future. Layton is expected to grow exponentially by 2050. Economic development is vital in sustaining our economy and attracting new businesses and jobs to our community. Yet, we must work together to find a balance between preserving our agricultural heritage and promoting economic development. The answer is responsible development. I am committed to listening to our citizens, developers and business leaders to make sure they are heard as we update our general plan and explore future growth. For more information, go to 


Eric Willison

Eric Willison is one of five candidates running for Layton City Council.


Age: 39
Occupation: Analyst/team lead
Previous elective offices: None

Focus on city council: Layton faces a few big issues that its residents would like to see addressed. They are:

• Agricultural preservation — we need to be preserving rural feel and function.

• Economic development — we should be increasing the number of family-sustaining jobs.

• Redevelopment and infill — we should be re-imagining underused space in existing communities

• Parks and trails network — we need to connect Layton residents to local and regional amenities. A couple of years ago residents submitted their ideas to Envision Layton to share how they would like to see their city by the year 2050.