Coalville woman squeaks by with one vote |

Coalville woman squeaks by with one vote

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A political race decided by one vote Wednesday has earned a North Summit newcomer a seat on the Coalville City Council.

Candidates Trisha Beames and Kelly Ovard were deadlocked Election Day at 160 votes. But Beames was one vote ahead when the absentee and provisional ballots were counted.

Beames will replace longtime Councilwoman Joan Judd who is retiring from the board. The final tally: Beames 163, Ovard 162.

"I just see so much potential for Coalville, and I know that a big issue for a lot of people is growth," Beames said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I think there is a happy medium with proper planning."

She will support "controlled growth" in Coalville, Beames said.

"Maybe things haven’t been properly planned for in the past," she said. "If you’re anticipating new growth, planning is essential."

Beames could help decide whether millionaire developer Ian Cumming is allowed to build a roughly 300-home subdivision in Coalville. Situated halfway between Salt Lake City and Ogden, Coalville is becoming a Wasatch Front bedroom community.

"It can really be a good thing for the community if it’s controlled growth and if it’s planned for the right way," she said.

Other challengers who vied for three seats in Coalville included: Tyson Collins and Karen Brostrom.

Only Election Day results in Coalville changed with Wednesday’s vote canvass. Incumbent Coalville City Councilman Brent Scholes and Steven Richins maintained their seats on the board.

Councilors elected in other East Side cities and towns included:

Henefer Bruce Rowser 166, Josh Richins (write-in candidate)

Oakley — Ronald Bowen 248, DelRay Hatch 202, Eric Rose 220

Kamas — Rod Atkinson 237, Kevan Todd 233, Dan Littledike 229

Francis Greg Averett 217, R. Lee Snelgrove 147, Tim Butikofer 198

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