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Sheriff wins a third term

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Republican incumbent Dave Edmunds rode a wave of support from voters throughout Summit County to win his third term as sheriff. His political battle with Francis Democrat Dax Shane was one the most closely watched campaigns in the county.

Edmunds received nearly 58 percent of the votes to defeat Shane. The sheriff had 6,399 votes compared with Shane’s 4,669.

"It’s always humbling. I can’t thank my supporters enough," Edmunds said. "There were some people who thought I needed to be replaced this time, but I think that voters have spoken loudly."

Shane said he was thankful for the votes he received calling the support overwhelming.

"I ran against a two-time incumbent. Sheriff Edmunds ran a good race. I learned a lot from it," Shane said, adding, "I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish."

Meanwhile, in the campaign for seat D on the Summit County Council, incumbent County Councilman Chris Robinson, a Democrat, received more than 60 percent of the votes to defeat Marion resident Gary Shumway, who ran as a member of the Constitution Party.

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Robinson received 6,059 votes compared with Shumway’s 3,965. Write-in candidate Tyler Rowser, a Henefer resident, received about 21 votes.

Shumway won most of the East Side precincts, receiving more than 60 percent of the votes in areas of Woodland, Marion, Oakley and Hoytsville.

Robinson’s support came mostly from the West Side of Summit County. He clobbered his opponents in Old Town, Deer Valley, ParkWest, Pinebrook and Silver Springs.

Robinson said he has pledged to not vote to raises taxes in the county.

He described the current County Council as "very tight with the dollar and very fiscally conservative."

"We’re committed to living within our means," Robinson said. "What we’re trying to do as a council is deal with a moving target in a changing economy and uncertain revenue sources."

Shumway said he will switch parties before campaigning again in 2012. In two years he said he plans to campaign for a seat on the County Council as a Republican.

"Without the Republican support I would not have gotten near the votes that I did receive I received a lot of help from the Republican Party and the Republican voters," Shumway said. "My message resonated with the Republicans and those who seek limited government, open government and fiscally responsible government."

Incumbent Summit County Councilman David Ure, a Republican, received nearly 60 percent of the votes to defeat Francis Democrat KayCee Simpson. Ure received 6,404 votes compared with Simpson’s 4,372.

But Simpson, who barely participated in the campaign, defeated Ure in some West Side precincts, receiving nearly 70 percent of the votes in areas of Old Town and Summit Park.

Support for Ure was more evenly spread. But the incumbent, a Kamas resident, defeated Simpson in most of the East Side precincts. In Simpson’s home town of Francis Ure received roughly 80 percent of the votes.

"I’m just glad I won," Ure said. "It was mine to lose but it could have happened very easily."

He said he was criticized when it was revealed a few months ago that Summit County had a $1.6 million deficit in its general fund.

"[Robinson] and I got pounded on because of the budget The people wanted some responsibility. They want us to be responsible for our actions and I think that’s what you’re going to get," Ure said.

The closest race

The treasurer campaign was the closest race of the night. Park City Democrat Corrie Kirklen received nearly 51 percent of the votes to defeat Park City Republican Henry Glasheen. Kirklen received 5,444 votes compared with Glasheen’s 5,242.

Kirklen praised Glasheen for mounting a competitive campaign.

"I think Mr. Glasheen and I both ran strong, clean races, and I respect him as an opponent," Kirklen said. "But I’m glad in this case that it went my way I’m very happy with the opportunity to serve and I’m looking forward to getting started."

Most of Glasheen’s support came from the East Side of Summit County. Kirklen won most of the voting precincts in the Snyderville Basin and Park City.

She said she was satisfied with the support she received from East Side voters.

"[Glasheen] won all of the East Side precincts except for, I think, Kamas East," Kirklen said in a telephone interview. "I was hoping for 30 to 40 percent of the East Side precincts and I was able to accomplish that. But it was a very tight race."

Glasheen said he should have campaigned more in some West Side neighborhoods.

"That was something we really did not concentrate on," he said. "We thought people would get more interested in the county races I overestimated how interested people would be in the county races."

In other contested races, Oakley Democrat Steve Martin received 54 percent of the votes to defeat Park City Republican Rob Hunt in the county assessor race. Martin received 5,851 votes compared with Hunt’s 4,946.

Incumbent Summit County Clerk Kent Jones, a Democrat, handily defeated Park City Republican Richard Motto in the clerk campaign. Jones received more than 61 percent of the votes. He had 6,535 votes compared with Motto’s 4,051.

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