BOUNTIFUL — Just 9 percent of registered voters showed up for municipal primary elections on Tuesday, but several candidates around the county were ousted from races and others were propelled to the general election set for November of this year.
As expected, incumbent candidates were the most popular. However, newcomers in cities such as Farmington and Bountiful made strong showings.
The low turnout is common for non-presidential election years, particularly for primaries, but it meant that one candidate lost by just 17 votes and several others won by fewer than 100 votes.
The turnout levels could also be explained by the fact that some cities had no need to hold primary elections, and that others only had one or two. In the fall, all cities will elect mayors and most will elect two or three councilmembers, so each voter will have ballots.
Preliminary results were released just 90 minutes after polls closed, but will be amended by any vote-by-mail or provisional ballots that will be counted before each city holds a canvass.
In Bountiful, former Chamber of Commerce President John 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 what is Davis County’s second-biggest city, campaigning and name recognition seemed to make the difference. Harris started early, for example, and has political signs and supporters throughout town.
There was no primary election here for the mayoral position, because only two people filed as candidates. They are Beth Holbrook, a city councilmember and planning commissioner, and businessman Randy Lewis.
UTOPIA backlash is clearly being felt among some Centerville residents.
George McEwan, whose initial candidacy statement focused entirely on withdrawing city support from UTOPIA, received the second-highest number of votes in the recent primary elections.
Stephanie Ivie, the only city council candidate to receive more votes, said, “protect(ing) citizens’ personal and property rights from well-meaning encroachment” is her top goal. The city council faced protest from residents early this year when the city council revealed its plan to expand the intersection of Main Street and Parrish Lane using property from nearby homes.
The other two city council candidates to win the primaries are Jack H. Dellastatious and Tami Fillmore.
This city 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.
A vocal opponent of plans for the West Davis Corridor received about 80 more votes than the incumbent mayor’s wife in primary elections for a 2-year city council seat in this growing city. The seat was vacated when sitting councilwoman Kristen Kulken resigned in May. The pair ousted David Stringfellow, an economist.
Despite having just one race in the primaries, Farmington will see four races in November. Mayor Scott Harbertson is stepping down, and Jim Bowker and John Talbot will fight for his seat. In two other at-large council races, candidates will be incumbent councilman John Bilton, former councilman Rick Dutson, planning commissioner Brigham Mellor and Jeff Steele, who also opposes the freeway plans.
Two city council members became candidates for mayor at Tuesday night’s caucus meeting in Fruit Heights.
The city’s nominating process calls for a caucus meeting, which was held the night of state primaries. Participants are divided into two non-partisan parties known as Pinecone and Sagebrush. Each party then selects one person for each open position.
Don Carroll and Eileen Moss were nominated by the temporary parties to run for mayor. Carroll is completing his first term on the council; Moss is in the middle of her third term. If elected, she would resign her position on the council, which would be filled by appointment until the next regularly scheduled election.
Those nominated to run for city council are Julia Bushe, Scott Neilsen, Scot Poole and John Whitchurch.
With about 100 people attending, the caucus drew a good turnout, Mayor Todd Stevenson said.
Five candidates were whittled to four for the two city council seats open in Kaysville.
A total of 1,340 votes were cast, representing 8.1 percent of voters.
Susan Lee received the most votes, with 685. Others who will be on the November ballot are Brian Frandsen and incumbents Gil Miller and Jared Taylor.
The mayoral position is also up for election this November. Because only two candidates filed, no primary balloting was required.
Mayor Steve Hiatt is running for re-election. He is being challenged for the seat by Arthur Rexford Whittaker.
More information on candidates can be viewed on the city’s website, kaysvillecity.com.
In 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 compete with Joy Petro to fill two council seats.
More than 11 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, Marlene Poore and Scott Casas.
Faced with a primary election to narrow down the field for mayor and city council, this city saw more than one in five of its registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday.
Just fewer than 21 percent of voters cast ballots in this 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.
In this city, there has been contention between outgoing mayor Jamie Nagle and several council members, and the mayor stepped down from her re-election campaign after she filed. Here, 11.5 percent of voters cast ballots. Terry Palmer, who served on the council some years ago, came out far 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 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.
In this small city, the ballot was packed but only 632 people cast ballots, making up just more than 10 percent of elected voters.
Incumbent mayor Ken Romney was the clear champion in his race, and will be up against refinery watchdog Bud Ingles. For two council seats, including incumbent councilmen Mark Preece and Dave Tovey cane out on top. In the council primaries, the two losing candidates came within 17 and 21 votes of victory, respectively.
In this small, rural city, 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.
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Eight candidates will move forward for a chance at four positions.
-Compiled by Davis Clipper and Utah Islander staff writers. The cities of North Salt Lake and Woods Cross did not conduct primary elections, as none were needed. Figures from co.davis.ut.us/clerkauditor/elections/election_results/default.cfm.