FARMINGTON -- Voters trekked to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates for fall’s municipal elections, and preliminary results were published late that evening.
In Bountiful, former Chamber of Commerce President John S. Pitt and business founder Kendalyn Harris came out on top in the city council race, followed by incumbent councilman Fred Moss and Concerts in the Park organizer Richard Watson.
In Centerville, two council seats are also available. Moving forward will be Stephanie Ivie, George McEwan, Tami Fillmore and Jack H. Dellastatious.
In Farmington, two will move forward to fill the2-year city council opening. They are Doug Anderson and Kristen Harbertson.
In Kaysville, a list of five city council candidates was cut to four for two open positions. Moving forward will be Susan Lee, Gil Miller, Jared Taylor and Brian Frandsen.
In West Bountiful, Kenneth Romney and Bud Ingles will compete for the mayoral position. For two spots on the city council, David Tovey, Mark Preece, Kelly Enquist and Alan Malan will move forward.
Sunset, faced with a primary election to narrow down the field for mayor and city council, saw more than one in five of its registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
Just under 21 percent of voters cast ballots in that north Davis city, which touches the Weber County line. Unofficial results showed Beverly Macfarlane and Ryan Furniss will go against each other in the November general election, out of three candidates.
Syracuse, where there has been contention between outgoing mayor Jamie Nagle and several council members, 11.5 percent cast ballots, more than any other city besides Sunset and Centerville. Terry Palmer, who served on the council some years ago, came out far and away ahead in the mayoral race, which fielded three candidates. City Councilman Doug Peterson took the second highest number of votes, but half as many as Palmer.
Of seven Syracuse City Council candidates, city native Michael Gailey, a local dentist and active in the city's business organization, claimed the highest vote tally, followed by incumbent Brian Duncan. There are two seats up for re-election in that city. Also moving forward will be Allen Lowry and Gary Pratt.
Clinton had 938 votes cast, representing 5.7 percent of registered voters. There was no mayoral primary but five candidates ran to fill two council seats. Karen Patterson, Michael Ray Petersen, Barbara Patterson and Anthony Thompson will run for the two seats, preliminary results showed.
In West Point, 10.7 percent of voters chose two choices out of a field of five for city council. There was not a mayoral race. Top vote getters were Kent Henderson, Andy Dawson, Brogan Fullmer and John Delamore.
In Layton, the county's most populous city, more than 6,000 voters, or 8.7 percent of those registered, cast ballots to narrow the mayoral race from four to two as multi-term mayor Steve Curtis opted not to run again. Bob Stevenson, who was unsuccessful in his mayoral bid four years ago, claimed the highest vote tally followed by Jory Francis, who is in his first term on the city council. For city council, it appears Thomas Day, incumbents Barry Flitton and Michael Bouwhuis will run along with Joy Petro to fill two council seats.
Clearfield, meanwhile, saw a 5.1 percent turnout to narrow the race from six to four for two city council seats. There was no mayoral primary. Top council contenders, by votes cast, were: Keri Benson, Bruce Young, Benjamin Larsen and Randy Goodnight.
In South Weber, 11.2 percent of registered voters cast ballots from among seven city council candidates for two slots to be voted upon in November. Those getting the highest number of votes were former mayor Joseph Gertge, longtime former council member Farrell Poll, along with Marlene Poore and Scott Casas.
-Compiled by By Tom Busselberg, Islander Editor and Rebecca Palmer, Clipper Editor. Figures from co.davis.ut.us/clerkauditor/elections/election_results/default.cfm.