elections

Utah House of Representatives

With a 400 vote win over Democrat Meaghan Miller, Republican Representative Tim Quinn will retain his seat in the Utah House of representatives.

Republican Tim Quinn represents State House district 54 which covers Summit and Wasatch County. Quinn spoke with KPCW the day after the election. He said the legislature will be busy making adjustments to the three propositions that Utah citizens passed.

Utah House

Republican Incumbent Logan Wilde won another term in the Utah State House of Representatives. 

Logan Wilde defeated Democratic Chris Neville, a Park City resident for Utah House seat 53. Wilde says that with polling surveys before the election they expected the win. But they were surprised by the results of some of Utah’s propositions.

Nonbinding Opinion Question 1 which was the 10 cents per gallon gas tax increase for education, failed. It was an advisory bill that would have supported funding for roads allowing other transportation dollars to be diverted for education funding.

Question 1 was voted down 66 to 44 percent. The nonbinding opinion question was an advisory bill written to gauge voter interest. The initiative would have required Utah legislatures to pass another bill to support the tax increase.

On election day, the vote count at the Summit County Clerk’s office had to deal with a last-minute surge of in-person voters, and a level of voter enthusiasm that has probably set a record for a midterm election.

Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said that on Tuesday night, they counted about 17,000 ballots. Those were comprised of mail-in ballots they had received up to but not including Tuesday—and ballots placed in the county drop-boxes, up until 3:00 pm Tuesday.

Utah’s population is growing as is the economy. People are moving in, jobs are plentiful, and the legislature passed a tax increase last year that will help equalize school funding and help pay for the student growth throughout the state.

Pure Midway

On Tuesday, residents of Midway passed a $5 million open space bond.

With a 54% to 45% vote Midway residents agreed to a $5 million open space bond. Pure Midway board member Kate Noble says that the conservation group is ecstatic about the news.

UPDATE: 11:30 PM

In Wasatch County residents voted on a $10 million Open Space Bond. As of this report 57%  voted in favor of the bond while 42% voted against.          

Wasatch County is also voting on Proposition 10 which would confirm or overturn the Wasatch County Council’s boundary change of the Southern and Central planning areas.  37%  voted to uphold the council’s decision while 62% voted to overturn the council’s decision.

Residents of Midway had their own Open Space bond to vote on. 54% voted in favor of the bond with 45% voting against.

Park City Municipal

With a vote of 77% for and 23% against, the Park City Open Space Bond has passed.  Preliminary election results from the Summit County Clerk's office show 2,839 Park City residents voted for the issuance of the bond and 836 voted against.

$45 million of the $48 million-dollar bond will go towards buying out the Treasure Hill development. The proposed project has been discussed and debated for more than three decades.

UPDATE: 10:30 PM

In Summit County, Democrat Glenn Wright defeated write-in Josh Mann for County Council Seat E.

For Park City School District seat 4  Kara Hendrickson defeated Vicky Fitlow.

In the South Summit School District Seat 4 race Incumbent Steven Hardman has 331 votes while his challenger Hoyt Atkinson has 306 votes. With same-day registration in Utah this race may be too close to call.

In the South Summit School District Seat 5 race Incumbent Debra Blazzard leads 216 votes to Stacy Maxfield's 181.

Utah Election Results

Nov 6, 2018

UPDATE: 1:00 AM 

29/29 Utah counties reporting.

For State Senate District 26, Republican Ronald Winterton defeated Democrat Eileen Gallagher 64% to 33%. 

For State House Representative from District 53, Republican Logan Wilde defeated Democrat Christopher Neville 66% to 33%.

For State House Representative District 54, Republican Tim Quinn defeated Democrat Meaghan Miller. 51% to 48%. 

Democrat Brian King won the State House of Representatives District 28 seat. King ran unopposed.

UPDATE: 1:00 AM

29/29 Utah counties reporting.

US House of Representatives District 1 Incumbent Republican Rob Bishop defeated two challengers. Bishop captured 62% of the vote while Democrat Lee Castillo captured 24% and United Utah Party candidate Eric Eliason won 11% of the vote.

US House of Representatives District 3 Incumbent Republican John Curtis defeated Democrat challenger James Singer. Curtis won 66% of the vote to Singer's 28%.

Wasatch County

Should Wasatch County approve $10 million open space bond? That is the question that has been posed before voters. As time winds down on election season KPCW spoke with an opponent for the Open Space Bond. KPCW previously spoke with a proponent of the bond, you can find that story here.

As mail-in ballots arrive in your mailbox KPCW is interviewing local candidates about their platforms. The race for the Wasatch County Council At-Large seat features Republican nominee Marilyn Crittenden and write-in challenger Nick Lopez.

Although Crittenden is a common name in Wasatch County politics Marilyn Crittenden says that other elected officials in the county are actually her husband’s distant relatives.

Marilyn Crittenden moved to the Heber Valley from Arizona, she explained why she decided to run for office.

Weber County Utah

If you haven’t received your ballot yet it’s not too late to vote but you are running low on time.

Ballots have been mailed out and if you haven’t received yours, yet you may not be registered.

As Wasatch County Clerk Brent Titcomb says the best course of action if you haven’t received your ballot or are unsure if you’re registered is to call your county clerk’s office.

“We have a few calls and nothing extreme. If people can call us, then we can help them. It’s easier than going around in a circle to get back to us.”

Wasatch County Attorney Scott Sweat will be the only name on the ballot for the general election, but he will not be the only person running for the office. Wasatch County resident Kit Kosakowski has filed for an official write-in campaign.

Write-in Candidate Kit Kosakowski was defeated in the Republican Primary election for Wasatch County Attorney. Incumbent Scott Sweat won the Primary election defeating three other republicans, Tyler Berg, Tyler Dow and Kit Kosakowski.

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