Alpine Mayor’s race is a neighborly contest

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ALPINE (ABC4 Utah News) -The polls may be close but the candidates are closer in this northern Utah County town.

They say all politics is local and that’s especially true in this community of 10,500 where three of the four candidates for Mayor live within three blocks of each other.

“One lives right directly behind me with a house in between,” candidate Melanie Ewing said Friday. “And the other is about two streets over.”

Ewing, Troy Stout and Rob Schoen are all members of the same LDS ward.

“We’re neighbors…Our kids all play together,” Ewing said. “It’s pretty unusual. I don’t know. Maybe there’s something in the water.”

It’s been neighborly but not always friendly with allegations of stolen and vandalized campaign signs.

“It’s gotten a little tense at times,” Ewing admitted.

Apparently some residents just can’t make up their minds. One property owner on High Bench Road has signs up for all four candidates, Sheldon Wimmer,  Schoen, Stout and Ewing.

“We’ve got neighbors where they wife is for me and the husband’s for him,” Ewing said. “So it’s definitely divided households.”

Linda Black and her husband live in one of those politically split homes with both a Ewing and a Stout sign in her front yard.

“We’re not always on the same page politically, in the community and outside of the community when we’re voting,” Black said. “So we have two signs.”

How unusual is this to have three candidates for the same office all in the same area?

“I think it’s hilarious,” Alpine homeowner Sarah Thomson-Thatcher said. “But this little area, no matter what happens, they’ll stay friends.”

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