2021 Municipal Election Information

2021 Candidates for Office of Mayor

Candidate List as of June 8, 2021
NameAddressZip CodeTelephoneEmail Address
Rick T. Rosenberg812 Lava Flow Drive84765435-680-3931rickr@racivil.com

2021 Candidates for Office of City Council

Candidate List as of June 8, 2021
NameAddressZip CodeTelephoneEmail Address
Jimi Kestin1557 El Vista Circle84765435-669-9070jimikestin@gmail.com
Woodrow W. Wagner III664 Sweet Spring84765435-656-3965woodywwag@gmail.com
Ben Shakespeare3138 Bonneli Trail84765435-703-4164ben@shakespearedev.com
Christa Hinton3125 Swiss Drive84765435-229-0493christahinton1@gmail.com
Rick Rosenberg

Rick Rosenberg

Re-Elect Candidate for Mayor

(435) 680-3931

Rick and his wife Terri moved to Santa Clara in 1989 and raised their four children in their Lava Flow Drive neighborhood.  He graduated from Utah State University in 1984 with a BS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the founder of Rosenberg Associates, a full-service civil engineering and land surveying firm headquartered in St. George.  Rick has been actively involved in public service for over 22 years in Santa Clara, currently serving his eleventh year as Mayor, following five years on the City Council and six years as a Planning Commissioner.  He has been recognized for his service and achievements in civil engineering and public works project design throughout Washington County.  Rick understands the value and costs associated with providing critical services and infrastructure for residents within the community.  His leadership was critical during the community’s recovery following the federally declared Santa Clara River floods in 2005, 2010 and again in 2012 following the Laub Pond Detention Basin failure and flood.  A native son of pioneer stock from Southern Utah, he is a strong supporter of the community’s heritage and the annual Swiss Days celebration.  Rick and Terri remain heavily involved in community service and are especially proud to call Santa Clara home.  He is also an avid fly fisherman and enjoys trips to Alaska, Lake Powell and other destinations with his family and friends whenever time permits.

Ben Shakespeare

Ben Shakespeare

Re-Elect Candidate for City Council

(435) 703-4164

Ben Shakesepeare was born and raised in southern Utah. He is the third of nine children born to Tom and Gloria Shakespeare. After graduating from Dixie High School he served a 2 year LDS mission to Caracas Venezuela then continued his education at Dixie College. Ben has spent the last 22 years working with his father and brother in Tom’s Mechanical, a commercial plumbing and mechanical company and is currently a partner with his brother. Ben is also the owner of Shakespeare Development Group, a construction company that builds custom homes and commercial throughout Southern Utah. Ben is active in the community and enjoys serving throughout. He has served on the Kite festival Board and on the Snow Canyon Little League Board for 12 years and is currently the league president. Ben has a great love for Southern Utah. He enjoys all that this great area has to offer and will continue to offer future generations. Ben married Tawni Tuttle of Santa Clara in 1995. Together they have 4 children.

Christa Hinton

Christa Hinton

Candidate for City Council

Christa Hinton has lived in Santa Clara for most of her life and loves the quality of life unique to this area. She and her husband, Michael, raised their four children here because she enjoyed growing up in Santa Clara and wanted her family to have those same experiences.

Christa serves on the Utah PTA Legislative Committee and Snow Canyon High School PTA board. She served as prior board member of Snow Canyon Middle School PTA and member of Snow Canyon Middle School Community Council. She serves on the Utah Federation of Republican Women board and is active in Washington County Republican Women where she has served as debate committee member, communications specialist, third vice president, and member-at-large. Christa worked as campaign manager and constituent liaison for House Representative Lowry Snow since 2012, working with him on policy issues, including education and criminal justice reform. In 2016, she served as campaign manager for Senator Don Ipson.

Christa graduated from Dixie State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Southern Utah University. Christa is the Operations and Marketing Manager for a local law firm.

Jimi Kestin

Jimi Kestin

Candidate for City Council

Please consider supporting me for City Council.

When you consider the professional experience and leadership I bring to this position, I believe you will agree that it is exactly what we need on our City Council:

Masters level experience working for approximately four decades in Finance, Management, and Banking, specializing in Business Administration, Budgets, Public and Community Relations, Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, and Marketing. For the last 14 years I have used these skills as an Asst. V.P. with the State Bank of Southern Utah.

Former Chairman of the Board of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, and serve as one of their good will ambassadors, the Dixie Sunshiner’s.

2 terms as Chairman of the Washington County Republican Party, twice elected to the Exec Committee of the State Republican Party, and the 2nd Congressional District elected me to represent Utah as a member of the Electoral College in 2020.

Co-Founder and Past President of the Interfaith Council of Washington County.

Washington County PIO Committee tasked with emergency response coordination for Washington County.

Please call (435) 669-9070 with questions or areas you feel need attention or set up a “meet the candidate” event or to get a yard sign.

Thank you!

Woodrow W. Wagner III

Candidate for City Council

Bio Coming Soon.




PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that Santa Clara City will NOT hold a Primary Election on AUGUST 10, 2021, for the following offices:

1 Mayor Seat

2 City Council Positions

(4-Year Terms)

The following individuals have met the qualifications to be candidates in the Santa Clara City Municipal General Election on November 2, 2021.

Mayor Seat

Rick T. Rosenberg

Council Member

Jimi Kestin

Woodrow W. Wagner III

Ben Shakespeare

Christa Hinton

Santa Clara City is conducting a “Vote by Mail Method”.

Santa Clara Drop Location is: “The Santa Clara Library” located at 1099 S. Lava Flow Dr. for DISTRICTS 1, 2, 3, & 4:

If you wish to vote in person, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

          at the Santa Clara City Office at 2603 Santa Clara Drive



For further information, please contact the City Recorder at 673-6712 ext. 203.

Dated this 8th day of June 2021.

Chris Shelley, City Recorder

MUNICIPAL ELECTION: The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.  The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

A Primary Election (if necessary) will be held on Tuesday August 10, 2021.

VACANCIES IN OFFICE TO BE FILLED: Vacancies in office to be filled are as follows:

Mayor At-Large                                Four-Year Term

Council member At-Large           Four-Year Term

Council member At-Large           Four-Year Term



  1. Be a United States citizen at time of filing.
  2. Be a registered voter of the municipality.
  3. Be a resident of the municipality for a period of 365

consecutive days immediately preceding the date of the election.

  1. Any mentally incompetent person, any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this State until the right to vote or hold elective office has been restored.
  2. Must file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder within the filing deadline. Any resident of the municipality may file a Nomination Petition within the filing deadline, to nominate a person to become a candidate for municipal office. During this filing, they must state whether they meet all the constitutional and statutory qualification requirements for municipal office.

TO FILE FOR OFFICE: Each person seeking to become a candidate for a municipal office shall file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder during regular office hours, filing period begins, Tuesday June 1, 2021 and ends Monday June 7, 2021.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES: To become a valid write-in candidate, a person must file, in person, a Declaration of Candidacy form with the appropriate filing officer on or before August 30, 2021.  The candidate must also qualify all the requirements of the office.

FILING DEADLINE: Candidates: Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Write-in Candidates: Monday, August 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

TO NOMINATE A PERSON FOR OFFICE: Obtain from the City Recorder’s Office a Declaration of Candidacy form.  Fill out the form in its entirety, obtain the necessary signatures as outlined on the form, and submit to the City Recorder prior to the deadline of Monday June 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL REPORTS: Municipal Office Candidates are required to file campaign financial reports with the City Recorder seven (7) days before the Municipal Election and thirty (30) days after the Primary and/or Municipal Election.  These reports must be posted by the City Recorder on either the city website at sccity.com or the state website at www.disclosures.utah.gov.

CANDIDATES – DEADLINE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR UTAH STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC VOTER INFORMATION WEBSITE: Candidates who wish to, may provide their biographical information in a 200-word qualifying statement on the http://www.vote.utah.gov website before the deadline of Monday June 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Call the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at 1-800-995-VOTE (8683) or 801-538-1041 with any questions.

ELECTION SIGNS: (Taken from City of Santa Clara Municipal Code)

Temporary signs: Temporary signage has a place in the community for specialized purposes, such as announcing properties for sale or lease, construction activities, temporary sales and campaign signs of a non-commercial nature. Temporary signs are installed on a property but are not a part of the permanent land use on the property and are not intended to be displayed for a long period of time. However, a temporary sign must be well maintained at all times or it may be subject to removal or cited as a violation of this chapter.

  1. Temporary signs are permitted in any zone.
  2. Temporary signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area. The height of a temporary sign, including structural supports, shall not exceed four (4) feet.
  3. Temporary signs are permitted in any zone, provided they are located a minimum of two (2) feet behind the property line unless otherwise approved because of topographic conditions. Only one temporary sign is permitted on any one parcel of property, except that for sixty (60) days preceding a general. Local government or special election, up to three (3) temporary signs may be placed on any one parcel of property, all of which must comply with the size, color, and placement standards of this title.
  4. Temporary signs may be approved by the building department for a specific, limited time.  Any request for extensions shall be approved by the Planning Commission.

Further questions should be addressed to the City Building Official at 435- 619-3921.

Election signs may not be located within 150 feet of the building housing any polling place on Election Day. (Utah Code 20A-3-501)

ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION TO VOTE: In order to vote, you must (1) be a United States citizen; (2) be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election; (3) be at least 18 years old by the next election; and (4) your principal place of residence is in a specific voting district in Utah, (5) a person who has been convicted of a felony whose right to vote has not been restored as provided by law may not register to vote while incarcerated.

  1. VOTER REGISTRATION: Qualified persons may register with the Washington County Clerk any time the clerk’s office is open.
  • Registration deadline for the Primary Election is July 30, 2021 (11 days before).
  • Registration deadline for the General Election is October 22, 2021 (11days before).
  • Registration by provisional ballot during early voting and on election day.
  1. 2. Santa Clara City will be using the Vote by Mail method as the primary. means of casting Ballots.

Ballots may be mailed or dropped off at the Santa Clara Library.


The Drop Box for Santa Clara City is located at the Santa Clara Library.

(20A-1-101 Definitions)

(76)         “Valid voter identification” means:

(a)           a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter which may include:

(i)            a currently valid Utah driver license.

(ii)           a currently valid identification card that is issued by:

(A)           the state; or

(B)           a branch, department, or agency of the United States.

(iii)          a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon.

(iv)           a currently valid United States passport; or

(v)            a currently valid United States military identification card.

(b)           one of the following identification cards, whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter:

(i)            a valid tribal identification card.

(ii)           a Bureau of Indian Affairs card; or

(iii)          a tribal treaty card; or

(c)            two forms of identification not listed under Subsection (76)(a) or (b) but that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which may include:

(i)            a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof, dated within the 90 days before the election.

(ii)           a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof.

(iii)          a certified birth certificate.

(iv)           a valid social security card.

(v)            a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof.

(vi)           a paycheck from the voter’s employer, or a legible copy thereof.

(vii)          a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license.

(viii)         certified naturalization documentation.

(ix)           a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States.

(x)            a certified copy of court records showing the voter’s adoption or name change.

(xi)           a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card.

(xii)          a currently valid identification card issued by:

(A)           a local government within the state.

(B)           an employer for an employee; or

(C)           a college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the state; or

(xiii)         a current Utah vehicle registration.