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Board race still tight

The unofficial primary results may be in, but for Art Brothers, the race is anything but over. Brothers, one of three people running for school board in Park City District 3, Park Meadows South, finished three votes shy of Gerd Holmsen-Aguilar, but may have been the victim of a glitch in the system.

According to Brothers, he received calls as early as 7:30 a.m on Tuesday from concerned voters who found themselves unable to cast their ballot in his direction. Apparently, redrafting of district lines left certain people unable to vote in their own district for Brothers. The County Clerk was contacted and immediately resolved the situation by issuing provisional ballots before the fourth voter reached the polls.

Official results could also change on Canvas Day on July 2 as the county tallies provisional and absentee ballots. According to Summit County Clerk Kent Jones, the numbers will definitely change. "You get a small turnout like this and you have three people going for one seat you’re gonna have a close race," he said.

Of those provisional ballots, Brothers said, "I suspect that there will be three or four votes that will come my way." Even that small a change would erase the margin between Holmsen-Aguilar and Brothers and would lead by necessity to a run-off, or place Brothers ahead of Holmsen-Aguilar, getting his name on the November ballot. Holmsen-Aguilar, on vacation in Norway, was not available for comment, but her husband Tony, commented that she "has every notion and every intent to carry it to the max."

Official results could also change on Canvas Day as a result of other provisional and absentee ballots expected to be counted that day. According to Summit County Clerk Kent Jones, the numbers will definitely change. "You get a small turnout like this and you have three people going for one seat, you’re gonna have a close race," he said.

Joining either Holmsen-Aguilar or Brothers on the ballot will be Anne Bransford, who finished as the clear leader with nearly half of the votes.

Other school board races

D. Deloy Bisel Jr. and Mark Littleford will be the candidates for South Summit District 1 while Deby Anderson and Matthew G. Leavitt will have an opportunity to represent South Summit District 2.


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