Armstong and Greenhalgh move on to November election
June 29, 2012
More than 4,000 residents went to the polls on Tuesday to narrow down the list of candidates who will run in the General Election in November. Voters gave Max Greenhalgh and Roger Armstrong their party nominations for a seat on the County Council and overwhelmingly said ‘no’ to the North Summit Recreation District Bond.
Summit County Council Seat A
Greenhalgh, a Republican, will face Democratic candidate Armstrong in November for Summit County Council Seat A. Greenhalgh received 1,162 votes, beating his opponent, Michael Howard, by 70 votes. Greenhalgh said the race was close, but he was pleased with the bottom line.
"I have tried to run for the County Council twice before and lost in really close primary races," he said. "I worked hard and tried to meet as many people as I could. We knew right from the County Convention it would be a close, hard race."
The two candidates were within 10 votes of each other in most precincts, with Howard, who lives in Park City, winning in North Summit and Greenhalgh, who lives in the Basin, taking the Basin, Park City and South Summit.
Greenhalgh said moving forward, he will stay with the same campaign message and tactics in hopes that it leads to success again in November.
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"I won’t start actively campaigning until October, but until then there is a lot of organization and off-the-radar work to do," he said. "I will stick with my message that I want to protect the gains the citizens of the county have made and enhance what makes us great and our quality of life."
In the Democratic race, Roger Armstrong received 719 votes, 139 votes more than his opponent Sean Wharton.
Armstrong secured the majority of votes in Park City, North Summit and the Basin while Wharton won in South Summit, his place of residence.
Armstong called the nomination, "a good place to be" and said he was appreciative of all the voters who gave him a chance.
"This is a great opportunity," he said. "I spent a lot of time understanding the issues and knocking on doors to find out what concerns the residents and what I should focus on."
Armstong added that he will continue to knock on residents’ doors before November and plans to stay with his platform of controlling, growth, traffic and making the county government more transparent.
Overall, 18 percent of registered voters, 4,501 people, cast ballots on Tuesday.
Park City School Board
In Park City School Board Precinct 2, which includes Ranch Place, Snyders Mill, portions of Park Meadows and Highland Estates, Nancy Garrison and Ron Huggins earned the most votes and Eric Oberg was eliminated from the race.
Garrison received 247 votes, Huggins received 126 and Oberg received 88. Garrison and Huggins will run against each other in November for a seat on the school board.
In Precinct 3, which includes portions of Park Meadows, Quarry Mountain, Park West and Silver Springs, Tania Knauer and Kristen Brown clinched the nomination over Paul Marsh.
Knauer received 230 votes, Brown received 185 votes and Marsh received 126.
North Summit Recreation District
Voters turned out in force in North Summit to soundly defeat the proposed $8.5 million North Summit Recreation Bond. The North Summit Recreation District decided to place the bond on the ballot in order to build a recreation facility, which would include an indoor track, playing field and gym.
Residents have voiced distaste for the bond since early May, when they pleaded with the County Council to remove it from the ballot altogether.
Half of the registered voters in North Summit voted on the bond, with 1,293 rejecting the measure and 200 voting for it.
North Summit Recreation District board members said they will meet with the County Council following the election and see what direction they should take now that they will not be able to fund a recreation center.