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Many Utah races still close in Election Day full of firsts

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Nov. 5, 2019 at 10:38 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 5, 2019 at 10:26 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s 2019 municipal elections featured compelling storylines, including the state’s first use of ranked-choice voting, a new municipality and competitive races for mayorships and city council seats.

At 8 p.m. on Election Day, several counties began releasing the preliminary results of their races.

In Salt Lake City, incumbent Charlie Luke is locked in an incredibly tight contest with Dan Dugan for the District 6 city council seat. After the last ballots were counted Tuesday night, Dugan led by just five votes, 3,413 to 3,408. More results will be released Thursday at 3 p.m.

Incumbents Ana Valdemoros and Andrew Johnston held leads on their city council seats at the end of the night.

Dirk Burton led Jim Riding 52.43% to 47.57% in the West Jordan mayoral race as of Tuesday night.

Brighton residents, electing their first mayor since becoming a municipality, opted for Danial Knopp over Don Despain by a margin of 51.55% to 48.45% in Tuesday’s last results. Millcreek voters vaulted Jeff Silvestrini over Angel Vice by a more convincing margin of 76.77% to 23.23%.

Utah County’s experiment with ranked-choice voting in Payson and Vineyard resulted in the preliminary victories of Doug Welton, Brian V. Hulet and Linda Carter in Payson and Cristy Welsh and G. Tyce Flake in Vineyard.

In Ogden, Mike Caldwell had the upper hand on Angel Castillo 58.32% to 41.68% in that city’s mayoral race. S. Neal Berube gained more than 57% of the vote over Lynn Satterthwaite in his bid to succeed Maj. Brent Taylor as the mayor of North Ogden.

Joy Petro held a 52.98% to 47.02% advantage on Joyce Forbes Brown in the Layton mayoral race as of Tuesday night.

Full preliminary election results are available here:

Salt Lake County

Utah County

Davis County

Weber County

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