Utah County Republican and Democratic Convention Results
Nearly 1,500 Republican delegates packed Cedar Valley High School Saturday for the Utah County Republican Party Nominating Convention.
The annual convention brought together elected delegates from the caucus parties in early March to advance candidates in the primary ballot.
On Saturday, the following results were decided:
Utah County Commissioner’s Seat A finished with incumbent Amelia P Gardner garnering 55.3% of the vote against challenger Renee Tribes 44.7%. Both will advance to the primary because the win threshold in the GOP party is 60% or higher.
Utah County Commissioner’s Seat B saw longtime incumbent Bill Lee sent to a primary. Spanish Fork councilman Brandon Gordon finished with 53.6% to Lee’s 46.4%.
Utah County Sheriff, Mike Smith picked up a first-round victory with 65% of the vote, which will send him to the ballot for re-election as the Republican candidate. Hyrum Cox came second with 32.8%.
The race for Utah County Attorney included delegates ousting incumbent David Leavitt in the round with just 10% of the vote. Challengers Adam Pomeroy (53.6% in the final round) and Jeff Gray (46.4%) will both qualify for the primary election. Leavitt will be on the ballot because he collected the signatures needed to appear in the primary.
Like the sheriff’s race, the Utah County Clerk seat resulted in a 60%+ threshold win for Aaron Davidson, who finished with 68% to Russ Rampton’s 32%. Davidson will be the Republican nominee in June.
Former Highlands mayor Rod Mann came out on Saturday as the leading voter for Utah County Clerk with 52.7% of the vote against 47.3% for Rudy Livingston. Both will advance to the primary election.
Utah County Democrats also gathered in Provo on Saturday with about 70 delegates in attendance. The only contested race was in the Utah House District 53 race. Ann Schreck and Carl Bechtold faced off to represent the Democrats in a race for the legislative seat. Schreck emerged victorious and will face incumbent Kay Christofferson (R) in November.
This year’s primary election will take place on Tuesday June 28 and the general election will follow on November 8.