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JEREMY and STACY JOHNSON (standing at right in photo) talk with poll workers prior to casting their ballots as son Kai, looks on. Voters throughout Davis County went to the polls in November 2013 to elect mayors and fill city council positions.  
Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
JEREMY and STACY JOHNSON (standing at right in photo) talk with poll workers prior to casting their ballots as son Kai, looks on. Voters throughout Davis County went to the polls in November 2013 to elect mayors and fill city council positions. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Managing Editor

BOUNTIFUL
 -  It was too early to know whether the nippy, intermittent snowy weather that lingered in Davis County Tuesday had a significant impact on voter turnout.

But preliminary figures showed only 21.39 percent of voters visited the polls, either bundling up to cast their ballot on the traditional general election day or through early voting or absentee ballot. The percentage of voters varied from a high of 36.5 percent in Centerville to 30.1 percent in Kaysville. Fruit Heights, the county’s least populous city, saw nearly one in three voters cast ballots. The low in voting in the Clipper circulation area was 12.8 percent in North Salt Lake.   

This year’s election was an “off-year” election, involving only candidates to fill some city councils and mayor seats. But in addition to selecting newcomers or returning incumbents to office, there were a variety of other issues facing voters in a handful of cities. Decisions of some of those issues will affect residents for years to come.

Such hot-button issues included the city hall question in Bountiful, UTOPIA in Centerville, and Stericycle in North Salt Lake, In Kaysville, the hotly contested issue of how power funds should be used was put to voters in the form of a proposition which sought to to be used only for power needs. Thanks to the voters, the proposition passed. 

In Bountiful, the mayoral race officially was uncontested following Beth Holbrook’s withdrawal nearly a month ago. However, 13.85 percent of votes cast went to Holbrook, who remains on the city council.

In the South Davis Sewer District election, candidate Dean B. Mortensen passed away the day before the election.

Here’s how the voting went in each city. The apparent winners as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night, with 100 percent of ballots counted, are listed in each city and race. The results were compiled by the Davis County Clerk’s Office, Elections Division, though they have yet to be officially certified by the various governing entities. Cities are listed alphabetically, with percentage voting noted in parentheses.

BOUNTIFUL (19.5) - Mayor:  Randy Lewis, uncontested 4,075; City Council:  Kendalyn Harris, 2,902, John Pitt, 2,608

CENTERVILLE (36.4) - Mayor, Paul Cutler, 1,994;  City Council:  Tami Fillmore, 1,915, Stephanie Ivie, 1,755

FARMINGTON (18.8) Р Mayor: H. James Talbot, 1,699; City Council: John Bilton, 1,278, 4-year, Doug Anderson, 1,000, 2-year

FRUIT HEIGHTS (32.8) - Mayor: Don Carroll, 563; City Council: Julia Busche, 769, Scot Poole, 470

KAYSVILLE (30.1) - Mayor, Steve Hiatt, 3,119; City Council: Susan Lee, 2,578, Jared Taylor, 2,307; Proposition 5: For 2,625, Against 2,069

NORTH SALT LAKE (12.8) - Mayor, Len Arave; City Council: Ryan Mumford, 835, Matt Jensen, 816

WEST BOUNTIFUL (16.7) - Mayor, Kenneth Romney, 445; City Council: E. Kelly Enquist, 345, Mark Preece, 319

WOODS CROSS (24.4) - Mayor, Rick Earnshaw, 699; City Council:  Bryan Westergard, 816, Tamra Dayley, 556

CENTRAL DAVIS SEWER DISTRICT - Trustees, Susan Tanner Holmes, 4,030, Mark Johnson, 3,727

SOUTH DAVIS SEWER DISTRICT - Trustees, Howard Burningham, 7,248, John Davies, 6,177

BENCHLAND WATER DISTRICT Р Dee Winegar, 1,231, Phil Leonard, 1,071

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