Meet the Candidates: Kanab Mayor & City Council 2021

**This post was updated :

  • 07/24 more evidence Sindi Vetere (no blood from vaccinated donors & Keep Dixie)
  • 07/19 at 4:00pm for April Crofts (covid, mask & suicide misinformation)
  • 07/18 at 9:15am for Hal Johnson (mask misinformation & ridicule)
  • 07/16 for Vetere, Colten Johnson and Franklin
  • 07/11/2021 at 11:00pm to add evidence for Chris Heaton**

The following is the evidence for extremism and/or bigotry for the candidates listed above with red or orange notes beside their names. Their declaration forms can be viewed here https://kanab.utah.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1485/Candidates.

Kanab candidates include:

  • 1 attendee of January 6th Stop-the-Steal turned Insurrection
  • 3 Insurrection False Flag believers
  • 2 November 4th was the real Insurrection not January 6th
  • 2 openly religious zealots on social media
  • 4 Government used Pandemic to take freedoms and will continue
  • 6 Anti-government

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SINDI VETERE for Mayor

Updated 07/16 to add both slideshows

Sindi’s public posts includes her family’s attendance of the January 6, 2021 Stop-the-Steal turn Insurrection at the US Capitol. She promotes disproven election fraud & Insurrection Antifa involvement. Sindi encourages opposition to renaming DIXIE and to receiving blood from vaccinated donors. Local business owners & those with ties to law enforcement, military & public office who supported Sindi’s post are noted in red on images and listed below:

Sindi supports posts of extremism and/or bigotry by others in the area:

  • David Crosby: Kanab Patriot who went to Insurrection and owner of Crosby Farm & Home
  • All Lives Matter/Trump 2020 Rallies in Kanab hosted/organized by:
  • Camille Johnson Taylor: Anti-government rally and Kane County Office of Tourism Director
  • Jim Torgerson: USA Veteran boasts two impeachments & belittling Thunberg’s generation (work, Trans-hate & vegetarian).
  • Harriet Perkins: prolific posts of bigotry & extremism including. Sindi supports the following: All Lives Matter, LGBTQ Trans-hate, misinformation open borders & covid with false dichotomy to citizens, and loss of respect for Romney.

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CHRISTOPHER FRANKLIN for Mayor

Updated 07/16 to add post to slide show which describes that Holocaust didn’t start with gas chambers but one party controlling media, deciding truth, censoring speech and calling on citizens to harass “them” by David Crosby

This slideshow includes clickable links. and:

  • list of evidence of Franklin’s public activity on FB as it relates to bigotry & extremism
  • list of evidence of other people who Franklin supports posts of extremism or bigotry
  • Random supported posts and evidence of bigotry/extremism from that person

These images of Franklin’s public, online extremism and bigotry does not feature clickable links, see slideshow above or paragraphs below for links.

This slideshow below is the collection of posts listed above (not interactive, no information on people). Once again, extremist views & actions are supported by KPD Chief Cram. Christopher supports:

  • Kanab Patriots: a FB created to target Black Lives Matter supporters then continued with general far-right rhetoric and targeting liberals.
  • Promote Ammon Bundy’s recruitment in Kanab for his Anti-Government People’s Rights Militia.
  • Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave: Defend Proud Boys, efforts to sabotage Kanab Social Justice Events, taunt activists with Rittenhouse meme, Liberals shut up or move back to city, derogatory memes of Black Americans in Minneapolis
  • Vaelyn Sawyer Mackelprang: significant extremism from St. George with many area followers. Multiple calls to fight: schools, hang politicians in front of White House…and conspiracy theories including reprogram concentration camps for conservatives
  • Vicki Huntington Hooper: significant extremism & conspiracy theories including one shared with KPD Chief Cram
  • Family: Casey & Travis, brothers, and parents Rhonda & Raleigh. All post extremism & bigotry including Kill Biden, AOC/JFK wrong democrat died
  • Celeste Meyeres: Protest UT State Capitol for State of Emergency Declaration and Shame a teacher for following pandemic health safety procedures.

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TROY “COLTEN” JOHNSON for Mayor

Updated 07/16 to add Nazi reminder during “cancel culture” reaction

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HAL JOHNSON for Mayor

Updated 07/18/21 to include anti-mask post

Hal is a brother of Camille Johnson Taylor. Hal supports:

  • LDS Wake Up Call: enlightened LDS act now to save our Constitution and
  • encouraged mask misinformation and ridiculing proponents by Tulsi Esplin (added 07/18)

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APRIL CROFTS for City Council

Updated 07/19/2021 to include Covid misinformation post.

April implies that the pandemic is political, that public health regulations are giving up rights, and promotes spread of covid misinformation (cure, kids cannot transmit, suicide rate increase).

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JUDY WOOLLEY for City Council

Judy and husband Charlie both unsuccessfully ran for public office in 2016 in Montana. Judy ran for Sanders County Commission and Charlie ran for State Legislature. She is a “Kanab Patriot”, attended 2020 MAGA events hosted/promoted/organized by:

This is not a complete collection of her extremism & bigotry, it is too extensive.

CHRIS HEATON for City Council

Evidence for Chris surfaced after the original post and was added 07/11/2021.

Chris supported on one of many of Ken Gotzenberg’s posts of extremism and/or bigotry, and it has a lot of topics (listed above and marked in red below.

INTERESTED IN RUNNING for OFFICE?

For County Positions, file March 11- March 17, 2022. https://www.runforoffice.org/districts/44085-kane-county

For Kanab City Positions, file June 1 – June 7, 2022. https://kanab.utah.gov/2263/2021-Municipal-Election . The “Trifecta 2019” will be up for grabs: Celeste Meyeres, Arlon Chamberlain & Michael East.

If you are running openly progressive, check with https://ruralutahproject.org/work/ for campaign funding and support.

Current City Council

Evidence (see below) of extremism and bigotry exist for Byard Kershaw and Celeste Meyeres. The spouses of city employees share extremism or bigotry publicly as well: Trina Decker, Nicholas Meyeres and Carol Kershaw.

Current County Commission

KURW has no social media evidence for any of the county officials. This Board of Commissioners did declare early termination of statewide mask mandate. The County Attorney did misapply vehicle laws to pedestrians in response to 2020 protests, in a joint press release with the County Sheriff and Chief of Police (these law enforcement links are for other extremism/bigotry not about the protest/sidewalk error).

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Published by mgalaria

I resided in the Kanab, Utah area from 2009 throughout 2020. I am reformed right, 15 years now, with most family members still far-right. I lived 37 of my 48 years in rural America. I created KURW after I discovered that two people from Kanab who I knew were at the Jan 6th Capitol Insurrection and the continued threat warning from DHS regarding the far-right movement. Studies show new trends in extremist characteristics, feelings of fear/anger/betrayal, an increase in social media recruitment and incitement, and radicalization as quickly as six months. I had a lot of documentation from covering the six months of weekly Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter and MAGA events in Kanab. I used that documentation, public posts on social media, contribution from community members and outside organizations to create Hatewatch because I feel like that is the best way that I can address the call for awareness.

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