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Preliminary results show Nann Worel as next mayor of Park City; Tana Toly and Jeremy Rubell secure city council seats

 Candidates Tana Toly, Nann Worel, and Jeremy Rubell (kneeling left, center, and right) with supporters on Park City's Main Street.
Sean Higgins
Candidates Tana Toly, Nann Worel, and Jeremy Rubell (kneeling left, center, and right) with supporters on Park City's Main Street.

After preliminary results were released Tuesday night, Park City Councilor Nann Worel looks to have won the hotly-contested race for Mayor of Park City over incumbent Andy Beerman. Tana Toly and Jeremy Rubell were also elected to the city council.

After the Summit County Clerk’s office released its first batch of election results just after 9 o’clock Tuesday night, Nann Worel looks to have defeated incumbent Mayor Andy Beerman in the race for Park City’s mayor with a current vote total of 1,855 votes to 1,164.

Worel’s win makes her the first female mayor in Park City’s history. She told KPCW on Tuesday night she spoke with Beerman after the results were released.

“I’m just ecstatic and I’m just overwhelmed by the support I had in the community," Worel said. "I just had a talk with the incumbent, and I think that we’re gonna work together very, very closely for a smooth transition.”

After a bruising campaign that often centered around leadership styles and personality more than differences on issues, Worel offered an olive branch to Beerman’s supporters going forward.

“It was divisive, and I’m really sorry about that," she said. "It was difficult for both sides of the campaign. Let’s work together. This is our community and we’re all in this together, let’s not be divisive.” 

Beerman sent a statement to KPCW late Tuesday congratulating Worel on her victory and said she will have his full support during the transition. He added:

“I’ve had a great run at Park City and feel good about everything we’ve accomplished. I am grateful for all the hard work and encouragement from my supporters, and to the entire town for its trust in me over the past decade. I love where I live, and will be rooting for our new administration as they chart a path forward.”

In the race for two open city council seats, Tana Toly and Jeremy Rubell were the top two vote-getters on the night, topping Worel’s total with 2,000 votes for Toly and 1,948 for Rubell. Two-term incumbent Tim Henney came in third with 1,296 votes.

Toly said she first saw the results surrounded by family and friends at her family’s restaurant, Red Banjo Pizza, on Main Street. She said she looks forward to the transition before taking office early next year.

“The process was phenomenal, and I learned so much about the town, about people, about myself, really, during the entire process," said Toly.
"I feel like I’ve really crammed four years of college into six months, and I just look forward to the next steps that will happen now.”

Rubell told KPCW he plans to continue on participating like he has been throughout the campaign.

“I’m going to get up to speed on all the things out there," Rubell said. "I’m gonna be at every council meeting, I’ll be at all the events I can attend. I don’t plan to change anything as to how I went about the campaign.”

Tuesday night’s totals did not count any votes cast after 2pm on election day. Summit County will release updated vote totals Wednesday.

All election results are preliminary until an official canvas is carried out by the city on November 16th. The winners of the election will officially be sworn into office the first week of January, 2022.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.