Results for the Coalville mayoral primary election were in as of late evening on Tuesday, August 13, and according to Coalville City Recorder Nachele Sargent 290 total votes were cast. Turnout for the election was 40 percent.
With the Rockport 5 fire burning, there were power outages throughout many communities in North Summit. Coalville City Hall was prepared, however, as generators with battery backup supplied power to the building.
There were six candidates vying for the top two spots to continue on to the general election on Nov. 5, and the vote breakdown went as follows:
Trever Johnson 128 votes
Arlin Judd 39 votes
David Vernon 38 votes
Colton Drae Burgener 36 votes
Steven Richins 34 votes
Merlyn Johnson 15 votes
Since absentee ballots have yet to be counted, the second candidate has not been finalized. Sargent said the absentee ballots will be counted when canvassing is held on Monday, Aug. 26.
Trever Johnson, however, is guaranteed to move on to the general election. He spoke to The Park Record about his wide margin of victory.
"I'm very humbled and honored by the results," Johnson said. "I didn't anticipate that big of a spread."
Johnson, who previously said that the wastewater treatment plant and the bridge going over the Weber River are important issues for him, said that he is looking forward to engaging in a dialogue with whoever the second candidate is.
"I've talked about growth and how to make Coalville attractive to new people moving in," Johnson said. "There are some needs to continue infrastructure improvements as well as the culinary water system, sidewalks and road maintenance.
Johnson will be eagerly awaiting the incoming absentee ballots, and he is thankful for the voters' "trust and confidence" in him.
"I want to thank the citizens of Coalville and I appreciate their support," Johnson said.