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Alex Cabrero reporting The mayoral race in Ogden was a week-long nail-biter. The people there have waited seven days on a tight race. Today, the results are finally in.
Mayor Matthew Godfrey has been reelected as the mayor of Ogden. Godfrey received 7,244 votes. His opponent, Councilwoman Susan Van Hooser, received 6,795. That's a difference of just 449 votes.
The counting began at the Weber County Clerk's Office at about noon today. They were going through a bunch of different races throughout the county, but the one everyone was talking about was the Ogden mayor's race.
Some 1,300 absentee and provisional ballots had to be counted. In all, Godfrey picked up 794 of them, Van Hooser picked up 526.
Once those results were announced, Eyewitness News got Godfrey's reaction. "We had thousands of volunteer hours, thousands of volunteers, frankly, who came and did tremendous work to help make this happen. I'm as happy for them as I am for me. I think it's such a relief to know that all of that work was not in vain, and we're able to go on for another four more years," Godfrey said.
Eyewitness News also spoke to Susan Van Hooser. "You know, it's been a long campaign, but I'm comfortable with what we did; and as a campaign committee and as a group, we did really well and we're very proud of what we did and what we stood for," Van Hooser said.
Godfrey says he thinks great things are ahead for this Ogden and he's excited for the chance to be a part in them in the coming years.
Godfrey has at times been controversial, and Van Hooser said she was hoping to break some of that controversy and get somebody new into office. But the residents have spoken and Godfrey will remain mayor.