Butwinski, Wintzer, Matsumoto, Henney advance in close finish
Park City voters on Tuesday advanced four people to the Park City Council ballot in November in what was a tightly grouped finish in the primary election.
The preliminary results were:
The results do not include provisional or absentee ballots, which could add the selections of upward of 55 voters to the tally. The order of the finishers could change once the provisional and absentee ballots are counted, but neither Wilson nor McKenna could be catapulted onto the November ballot when the other votes are added to the total.
City Hall’s election official, Sharon Bauman, said voter-turnout numbers would not be available until Wednesday. There was anecdotal evidence on Tuesday that turnout was low.
Butwinski and Matsumoto are each seeking their second term in office. Wintzer and Henney each has served as an appointed official with the municipal government, Wintzer as a member of the Board of Adjustment and Henney as a member of the Citizens Open Space Advisory Committee.
Wilson is best known for her opposition to a development in Deer Valley known as North Silver Lake. McKenna had not been a figure in Park City politics prior to the start of his campaign. Neither of them raised campaign funds nor spent any money on their City Council bids through late July, financial statements submitted to City Hall showed.
The campaign season is expected to become more pressing in the fall, as the City Council field jostles for position after the close finish on Tuesday. The mayoral contest between Andy Beerman and Jack Thomas will also start in earnest in the coming weeks. There were not enough candidates to force a mayoral primary.
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