Challengers in Salt Lake and Utah counties have solid leadership in Council and Commission competitions.
Two incumbents in Salt Lake and Utah counties appeared headed for defeat Thursday as unofficial results from this week’s primary elections continued to pour in.
Steve DeBry trailed Riverton City Councilman Sheldon Stewart by nearly 12 percentage points in his bid for a fourth term as District 5’s representative on the Salt Lake County Council.
In Utah County, longtime Spanish Fork City Councilman Brandon Gordon was on course to oust two-term Commissioner Bill Lee.
Both races will almost certainly determine who will represent each seat, as no Democrat or third-party candidate has signed up for either contest. (Registered candidates could emerge before the general election this fall.)
The primary results will be certified on July 12th.
Steward looks ahead
Stewart, a bank executive in southern Jordan, qualified for the GOP primary by winning the delegate vote at the Salt Lake County Republican convention in April. He worked to reduce spending, improve budget transparency, and get the county out of the land use business.
He said he received a text message from DeBry congratulating him and wishing him luck.
“I look forward to working to implement some of the things that have come out of this process,” Stewart said, “and really working with the council to create more transparency within the county and create accountability.”
DeBry could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.
The nine-member council is firmly in GOP hands with a 6-3 Republican majority.
Salt Lake County plans to update its unofficial election results Friday.
Gordon is confident he will win
In Utah County, Gordon Lee led the main race for the B seat on the county commission with 51% of the vote.
Gordon said he’s confident he’ll prevail after Thursday’s update left Lee with a narrow path forward.
“I just don’t see how that’s going to happen,” he said.
Nearly 98% of ballots received were reported in Beehive State’s second most populous county. Another update from election officials is expected next week.
Lee said on election night he was shocked by the early results. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the updated results Thursday.
Incumbent Amelia Powers Gardner, meanwhile, rolled to a GOP primary win for Seat A on the Utah County Commission. On Thursday night, she defeated first-time nominee Renee Tribe with 63% of the vote. She meets Democrat Jeanne Bowen and independent candidate Tom Tomeny in November.
Davis County incumbents win re-election
Both Davis County Commission GOP incumbents secured primary triumphs.
For Seat A, Bob Stevenson defeated first-time candidate Luke Elijah Brooks and received almost 69% of the vote for his bid for a second term.
Meanwhile, for Seat B, Lorene Miner Kamalu overtook Clearfield Mayor Mark Shepherd with nearly 59% of the vote in her bid for another term.
At this point, none of the candidates meet resistance this fall.
More than 99% of Davis County votes received were counted.