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In Municipal Primaries, Midvale May Have A Transgender Mayoral Candidate, Draper’s Incumbent Trails

Nicole Nixon
Campaign signs hanging in Draper.

Tuesday night’s results are not final, but they show incumbent Salt Lake City Council members James Rogers and Erin Mendenhall with commanding leads— each held more than 75 percent of the vote in their respective races. 

The two other Salt Lake City Council races were open and crowded. In the city’s 3rd District, Phil Carroll will likely face Chris Wharton in the general election. The two were within one percent of each other at the end of the night.

In the 7th District, attorney Amy Fowler had 41 percent of the vote. She will most likely face Abe Smith in November’s election, who trailed her with 23 percent.

In Salt Lake County, all incumbent mayors seeking reelection will advance to the general election.

Incumbent Sandy mayor Tom Dolan had 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Dolan was accused of inconsistent financial reporting by his opponent Kurt Bradburn, but denies the allegations. Bradburn had 39 percent of the vote and will face Dolan in the general election. 

Draper mayor Troy Walker trailed councilwoman Michele Weeks by 10 points on Tuesday night.

Midvale’s mayor JoAnn Seghini is retiring after 22 years. Robert Hale led that race with 30 percent. His opponent in November will likely be transgender candidate Sophia Hawes-Tingey, who had 24 percent of the vote.

Provo Mayor John Curtis will be the Republican nominee for the Third Congressional District. In the race to replace him, Michelle Kaufusi and Odell Miner appear to be the two candidates that will appear on the ballot in November. 

A final canvass is set for Aug. 29. The general election is November 7.

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