Stevens Has Commanding Lead in Summit County Council Race

Jul 1, 2020

Malena Stevens is the unofficial winner of Summit County Council Seat C in the June 30, 2020 primary election
Credit Malena Stevens

While the results are not official yet, it appears Malena Stevens has an insurmountable lead over Canice Harte in the race for Summit County Council.

Stevens and Harte, who serve together on the Snyderville Planning Commission, competed in the Democratic primary to fill the Council seat being vacated by Kim Carson.

In Tuesday’s unofficial results, Stevens received 1821 votes—nearly 1000 votes ahead of Harte, who received 831.

No Republican contender has filed to run for Carson’s seat. So barring a write-in, Stevens has been elected to the Summit County Council.

The other contests on Primary Election day were mostly Republican races for national, state and state legislative positions. In most of the contests, the overall winners were also the candidates chosen by Summit County Republicans.   

But there were a couple of exceptions. In the primary race for governor, former governor Jon Huntsman won Summit County with nearly 2700 votes, with three other contenders never topping 1000 votes. State-wide, though, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox holds a slim lead with about 37 percent of the vote. Huntsman is in second place, with about 34 percent.

In the GOP race for House District 54, Park City resident Randy Favero won in Summit County, with 825 votes to 437 for Heber resident Mike Kohler. However, District 54 is primarily in Wasatch County. The overall tally shows Kohler ahead with over 68 percent of the vote.

In the Republican race for U.S. House District #1, a seat being vacated by Rob Bishop, the lead vote-getter in the county was Blake David Moore. In the District, he leads with 30 percent of the vote, but is followed close behind by Bob Stevenson. There is also a Democratic primary for District #1. Unofficial results showed Darren Parry ahead with 52.5 percent of the vote. In Summit County, though, he was ahead of opponent Jamie Cheek by only 4 votes.

Elsewhere, in the GOP race for Attorney General, incumbent Sean Reyes led the state-wide vote with over 54 percent of the ballots.  In Summit County, he has a narrower lead, nearly 300 votes ahead of David O. Leavitt.

In the race for State Senate District 19, to replace the retiring Allen Christensen, John D. Johnson won in Summit County over Johnny Ferry.  In the overall District, he has nearly 56 percent of the vote.

The Summit County Clerk’s office said that overall voter turnout was about 44.6 percent. They also reported a substantial number of ballots haven’t been counted yet—800 that came in the mail Tuesday that won’t be counted until Thursday.  They also haven’ counted ballots that were deposited in drop boxes, between Monday afternoon and 8 p.m. Tuesday night, and any other ballots they receive that are postmarked by Tuesday.

For a complete list of Summit County results, click here