Municipal matchups take shape following primary election

Published: Saturday, Oct. 3 2015 9:54 p.m. MDT

Municipal elections were held throughout the state Tuesday, with the top mayoral and city council candidates advancing to the Nov. 5 general election. (Brian Nicholson, El Observador de Utah) Municipal elections were held throughout the state Tuesday, with the top mayoral and city council candidates advancing to the Nov. 5 general election. (Brian Nicholson, El Observador de Utah)

MURRAY — Jim Brass and supporters stood on the corner of State Street and 5200 South on Tuesday afternoon to motivate more people to vote.

Mayor Dan Snarr stepped down, leaving an open mayor's seat in Murray for the first time in more than a decade. Brass said his experience in the city's government qualifies him to take over the job.

One cyclist with white buckets on either side of his bike stopped, grabbed a Brass campaign sign and joined the group. A few minutes later, he rode off.

Minutes earlier, Joelle and Daren Rasmussen exited their polling location, the Murray Library, about a block away. They vote in every election, Joelle Rasmussen said.

"We can't complain about the issues if we did not vote," she said.

Municipal elections were held throughout the state Tuesday, with the top mayoral and city council candidates advancing to the Nov. 5 general election.

Vote by mail and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. This means that results — especially in races where candidates are within 1 percent of each other — are preliminary, Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. Results will be finalized by cities with an official canvass.

Salt Lake County

In Murray, of the six candidates vying for the open mayoral seat, Ted Eyre received 36 percent and David Wilde had 23 percent, just 46 votes ahead of Brass at 22 percent. Mail-in and provisional ballots will determine the clear winner at the city's canvass meeting.

Draper Mayor Darrell Smith opted not to run again after three terms. In the race to replace him, Troy Walker received 49 percent of the vote, followed by Phillip Shell with 38 percent. Four candidates for Draper City Council — William Rappleye, Jeffrey Stenquist, Carolyn Hunsaker and Michele Weeks — also advanced.

In West Jordan, the pool of nine mayoral candidates was narrowed to Ben Southworth, who received 28 percent of the vote, and Kim Rolfe at 20 percent. The 11 City Council candidates were whittled down to Chad Nichols, Gregory Simonsen, Dixie Memmott and Jeff Haaga.

Herriman residents will choose between Carmen Freeman and Michelle Baguley for mayor.

In Midvale, longtime Mayor JoAnn Seghini survived a primary challenge with 55 percent of the vote and will face David Fair in the general election. Wayne Sharp, Tim Heumann, Stephen Brown and Colleen Costello were the top vote-getters in the race for two City Council seats.

South Jordan Mayor Scott Osborne was appointed to the office in 2012. He made it through Tuesday's primary with nearly 39 percent of the vote and will face Dave Alvord, who received 22 percent of the vote, on Election Day.

South Jordan City Council candidates Christopher Rogers and Larry Short also made it through the primary election.

South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood will have another chance after her first term in office after receiving nearly 47 percent of the vote Tuesday. Her challenger will be either Derk Pehrson, Shane Siwik or Nick Gosdis, all of whom received a little more than 16 percent of the vote and were separated by just eight votes.

Salt Lake City has four open seats for City Council. Incumbent Stan Penfold advanced with 71 percent of the vote in District 3 and will face Sherman Clow in the general election. Also clearing the primary election hurdle were James Rogers and Kevin Parke in District 1, and Erin Mendenhall and Bill Davis in District 5.

In District 7, Lisa Ramsey Adams was the clear winner with 32 percent of the vote, followed by Kevin Paulson with 18 percent. But Paulson was only 24 votes ahead of Deb Henry and 28 votes in front of Amy Barry in the unofficial results.

Jerry Rechtenbach, who was appointed as Taylorsville's mayor earlier in 2013, got 38 percent of the vote to set up an Election Day showdown with Larry Johnson, who received 42 percent. The one open City Council seat will be filled by either Ken Acker or Daniel Jon Armstrong in November.

Utah County

Orem was a hot election, with 13 candidates vying for three City Council seats and four running for mayor. As of press time, more than 78 percent of the votes had been reported on the city's website.

Chris Nichols and Richard Brunst will likely advance in the mayoral race. Tom Mcdonald, Mary Street, Brent Summer, Wayne Burr, Sharon Price Anderson and David Spencer look to be the City Council candidates.

Provo Mayor John Curtis received 84 percent of the vote after one term in office. Either Jason Christensen or Howard Stone — separated by 27 votes — will advance to the general election. David Sewell, Ryan Frandsen, Stephen Hales and Sterling Beck moved on to the general election as candidates for two City Council seats.

Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson advanced to the general election with 58 percent of the vote. Mail-in and provisional ballots will determine whether Jim Hewitson, (17 percent) or Steven Anderson (16 percent) will challenge the incumbent mayor. In the City Council races, voters selected Stephen Holbrook, Paul Hancock, Kaye Collins and Chris Condie as their Election Day candidates.

Davis County

Layton Mayor Steve Curtis decided not to seek re-election after two terms in office. He will be succeeded by either Bob J. Stevenson (36 percent) or Jory Francis (25 percent), the top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary. City Council candidate Thomas Day was the top vote-getter at nearly 23 percent, followed by Barry Flitton, Mike Bouwhuis and Joy Petro. Pending provisional and mail-in ballots, candidate Dawn Fitzpatrick, within 75 votes of Petro, may have a shot at a seat.

In Syracuse, Mayor Jamie Nagle withdrew her candidacy in June, leaving three candidates. Travis Jackson was edged out by Terry Palmer and Douglas Peterson. City Council candidates Michael Gailey, Brian Duncan, Allen Lowry and Gary Pratt also advanced to the general election. Candidate Daniel Schuler was within nine votes of Pratt.

Sunset Mayor Chad Bangerter did not run for re-election, opening the door for Beverly K. Macfarlane and Ryan Furniss to seek the office on Election Day.

Weber County

Roy Mayor Joe Ritchie was challenged by Willard Cragun and Joshua Hoggan. Just a year and a half ago, Hoggan was arrested and jailed for his part in a bomb plot during an assembly at Roy High School.

Ritchie made it through with 53 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary election and will face Cragun, who received nearly 42 percent of the vote, in November. Hoggan received less than 5 percent of the vote.

In Ogden, Marcia L. White and Stephen D. Thompson will compete in November for a seat on the City Council.

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