Voters pick their candidates in Davis primaries


by Tom HARALDSEN tharaldsen@davisclipper.com FARMINGTON—About one-third of registered voters in Davis County cast their ballots in the June primary election last week, selecting candidates who will run in this November’s general election. All but one of the partisan races were among Republican candidates. In the state legislative races, in House District 19, Ray Ward won the GOP nomination with a victory over Phill Wright. Ward garnered 4,429 votes (66.53 percent) to Wright’s 2,226 votes (33.47 percent). He will face Democrat Courtney Jones and Libertarian Joe Speciale in November. House District 20 saw three Republicans vying for the nomination. Melissa Ballard won the race with 2,103 votes (41.78 percent), beating Matt Jensen (1,881, 37.37 percent) and Glen Jenkins (1,050, 20.85 percent). She will face Democrat Ryan Jones in November. There were Republican primaries for two seats on the Davis County Commission. For seat A, Bob Stevenson won the nomination with 21,831 votes (54.51 percent) over Brian Muir (18,221, 45.49 percent). He will face Tamara Long, an Independent American Party candidate, in November. For seat B, Lorene Kamalu won the nomination with 16,598 votes (41.46) over Bruce Young (15,507, 38.74) and Tony Christopulos (7,928, 19.8). There are no candidates from any other party for the seat, so she will be unopposed in November. Two primaries were also held for seats on the Davis School Board in non-partisan elections. In District 3, Julie Tanner won with 4,039 votes (41.11 percent), beating challengers Susan Firmage (3,077, 31.32) and Beth Barber (2,709, 27.57). In District 6, Marie Stevenson won with 3,675 votes (57.06 percent), beating Bonnie Bourgeous (1,795, 27.87) and Erin Blankenship (971, 15.07). There was one Democratic primary in the race for U.S. House 1. Lee Castillo received 1,851 votes (59.92 percent) to beat Kurt Weiland (1,238, 40.08). He will now enter November’s general election facing incumbent Republican Rob Bishop, United Utah Party candidate Eric Eliason, and Green Party candidate Adam Davis. No primary was held for U.S. House 2, but there are four candidates in that race this November. Republican Chris Stewart, the incumbent, will face Democrat Shireen Ghorbani, Libertarian Jeff Whipple and United Utah Party’s Jan Garbett. Two county incumbents are running unopposed this fall – both of them Republicans. They are clerk/auditor Curtis Koch and attorney Troy Rawlings. There is one Republican candidate for sheriff, Kelly Sparks, who is also running unopposed this November. The official canvas of the primary votes will be completed later this month.

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