Less than 30% of voters cast ballot in special electionSep 07, 2023 02:46PM ● By Becky Ginos
Tom Harper waits with his sons Max, 8 and Sam, 6 1/2 while his wife Bethany votes Tuesday at the Bountiful Library. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
DAVIS COUNTY—Voter turnout was low in Tuesday’s municipal primary elections with only 29% of registered voters casting a ballot. Of most interest was the Second District race to fill Congressman Chris Stewart’s seat after he announced in May that he would be resigning the post he’s held for 10 years. Stewart said his resignation was due to his wife’s health issues.
To fill the vacancy, the legislature called for a special election and pushed back the voting dates from Aug. 15 to Sept. 5 and the general election from Nov. 7 to Nov. 21.
The top three contenders are Becky Edwards, Bruce Hough and Celeste Maloy. Edwards is a former Utah House Representative, Maloy serves as legal counsel for Congressman Stewart and Hough is a Utah businessman. As of press time, unofficial numbers in Davis County had Edwards with a small lead over Maloy and Hough coming in third. Throughout the Second District, however, the race between Edwards and Maloy was too close to call Wednesday morning.
In municipal races, not all cities had primaries, some didn’t have enough candidates and others opted not to hold a primary. In the cities that had a primary, Layton’s incumbents held on to their positions as City Council members. The same was true of Woods Cross, with all three incumbents winning their races.
North Salt Lake had 10 candidates with the only incumbent running, Ted Knowlton, keeping his seat. Annette Judd was the only incumbent running in West Point and she led the voting with 676, followed closely by Kelly R. Ross who garnered 605 votes.
These are unofficial numbers. A final canvass will take place on Sept. 19.