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The longest-serving mayor in Sandy's history is hoping to extend his record in this year's election.

Which term would this be?

"Umpteenth," Tom Dolan jokes, before quickly correcting the record. "Seventh — until I get it right."

When he first ran in 1993, Sandy had an unbroken string of one-term mayors.

Dolan says he still has the fire in the belly and Utah's sixth-largest city (population of about 96,000) is in the midst of several projects — including the downtown renovation project called The Cairns — he wants to see through.

Kurt Bradburn, a state attorney, and Richard Vigorelli, an acupuncturist, have different ideas. Both have filed as candidates for mayor.

"He's been mayor of Sandy about as long as I have been alive," said Vigorelli, 33. "I think it's about time for a change in power."

Vigorelli says the city needs to beef up its police department and spruce up its parks, which he describes as "blah." He believes the city isn't one of the nation's safest anymore, as he recalled it was when he was young. "I'm a little bit upset about that," identifying that as one of his top targets for change.

Bradburn is also a political novice, but he's been planning his run for a couple of years and has been campaigning since January.

His message of new blood and fiscal conservatism is resonating he says — people are tired of the "good ol' boys club," of which he says Dolan seems to be a charter member. Lobbyists and businesses that get city money seem to be his biggest campaign contributors.

"Mayor Dolan is full steam ahead with whatever developers and businesses want," Bradburn charges. He points to the $16 million tax break for the Scheels sporting goods store and $50 million for Hale Center Theater, questioning whether residents are getting that much benefit from them.

"We're paying more and more but getting less and less," he says.

Dolan disagrees, saying one of the reasons he wants another term is to "continue the high level of service" the city provides.

"I think most people in Sandy are happy, [but] not everybody is happy."

Dolan hasn't yet filed his candidacy but plans to do so before Wednesday's deadline.

Another mayor with a talent for political longevity is back on the ballot in Murray after a break.

Dan Snarr filed his candidacy Friday, setting up a showdown with Republican Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove, who filed Thursday.

Best known for a gigantic handlebar mustache, Snarr served four terms as Murray mayor until sitting out the 2013 election.

But he says at 67 he's still got plenty of desire and energy to return to the city helm even if the mustache "is not the manly 22 inches it used to be."

He acknowledges Snelgrove will give him a run for his money, but calls him "a good guy. He has every right to run, I just hope it doesn't become a partisan battle."

Snarr, who says he is currently unaffiliated, ran unsuccessfully three years ago as a Democrat against Republican Aimee Winder Newton for the Salt Lake County Council.

While he seems to relish governing, he claims to despise politics.

"It's the dirtiest, slimiest thing I've ever seen because too often winning becomes the most important thing," he says, assuring he won't fall into that trap.

Murray is assured a primary with no fewer than four candidates in the race. Snarr and Snelgrove also will face former veteran fire official Blair Camp and Verl Greenhalgh, a commercial and residential planner.

In other candidate filings, South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood is seeking a third term after a high-profile battle against a planned county homeless resource center that now is slated to be located in the city. No challenger had filed by Friday evening.

In Bluffdale, Mayor Derk Timothy filed for re-election, so far with no challengers.

In Cottonwood Heights, Councilman Mike Peterson has filed to replace Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, who has said he would not seek re-election.

And in Alta, Town Councilman Harris Sondak, a University of Utah business and ethics professor, has filed for the seat being vacated by Mayor Tom Pollard.