Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
PROVO — Republicans won across the board Tuesday in Utah County and the recreation bond in Provo was also approved.
Most of the candidates running for Utah County government ran unopposed — they were shoe-ins after the primary elections in June.
County Assessor Kris W. Poulson, Clerk/Auditor Bryan E. Thompson, Sheriff James O. Tracy and Treasurer Robert C. Kirk all were re-elected unopposed. And the candidates for the newly separated positions of county recorder and county surveyor, Jeffery D. Smith and Gary Ratcliffe, respectively, also had no contesters. They will succeed Rod Cambell, county recorder/surveyor, who was appointed to the position last year after Randall Covington retired.
But some county candidates had to wait until late Tuesday night to be sure of their jobs for the next four years.
Incumbent Republican Gary Anderson won re-election to county commission seat A. Anderson won his primary with 54 percent of the vote but took 81 percent of the vote last night against Democrat Lane Henderson, former mayor of Salem. This will be Anderson's fourth term as commissioner; he served two of those terms in the 1980s.
Anderson was happy to be finished with elections.
"I am incredibly gratified," Anderson said. "There was a lot of people who supported me, and I am pretty humbled."
Anderson and Doug Witney, who won county commission seat B, capturing 80 percent of vote to 20 percent for Democrat Ted Barratt, a former two-term American Fork mayor, took a car ride together Tuesday night discussing some of their plans for the next four years.
"Mainly we talked about getting along," Anderson said. "This commission is really going to be dynamic. We share the same values, get along, and we are people-oriented people. We think it is going to be an unprecedented term."
Witney is currently an investigator with the county and has a background in law enforcement. He reached the general election by beating Commissioner Steve White in the June primary.
"I feel very privileged," Witney said. "I am also very excited to work with the other commissioners because I feel like we are on the right plain."
Incumbent Republican County Attorney Jeff Buhman will be serving a second term after winning 86 percent of the vote over Libertarian Sean Hullinger's 14 percent.
Provo voters approved a $39 million recreation bond by 60 percent for and 40 percent against. The recreation center will replace three aging city facilities — the current recreation center at Provo High School, the Eldred Senior Center and The Center, and will raise property taxes on a $195,000 home by $2.61 a month. And Eagle Mountain's $7 million aquatic center bond was overwhelmingly shot down Tuesday with 73 percent of residents voting no.
Mapleton City residents voted against supporting the city council in rezoning Wendell Gibby's 120 acres on Maple Mountain and the East Bench with 54 percent of voters against it, and Santaquin residents voted in favor of joining UTA with a 62 percent affirmative
All city justice court judges in Utah County were kept.
As for school board results, Nebo School Board will keep Rodney H. Oldroyd and will add Kristen Betts and Rick Ainge; Alpine School District voters kicked out all its incumbents running except for JoDee Sundberg and added Paula H. Hill, Wendy K. Hart and John Burton to the board; and Provo's School Board kept incumbent Shannon Poulsen and will add Stephen Staples Michelle Kaufusi.E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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