San Juan County, Utah Declares Democrat Willie Grayeyes Ineligible to Run in Commissioner Election

May 14, 2018

A Democratic candidate for the county commission in San Juan County, Utah, has been declared ineligible to run because he allegedly doesn’t live in the county.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that county officials have decided that Willie Grayeyes, a Navajo who is running in District 2, is not a Utah resident. The officials say they found no one home at his supposed residence in the Navajo Mountain area in Utah, and that his sister told them he lives out of state. However, Grayeyes and his attorney say he does live in the county and has been voting there for more than a quarter-century. He is a member of the Utah Navajo Commission and sits on the board of the nonprofit Utah Diné Bikéyah. All three county-commission seats are up for election this year because of a federal judge’s decision that the districts had to be redrawn. District 2 is the only one in which there will be a contest between a Democrat and a Republican. The Democrats reportedly have until August to name a new candidate if Grayeyes’ appeal fails.