Jack Thomas, exhilarated, wins mayor’s office in Park City
November 6, 2013
Jack Thomas, a Park Meadows architect and member of the Park City Planning Commission, won the mayor’s office on Tuesday, defeating City Councilman Andy Beerman, in a campaign that touched on topics including the middle class, growth and the economy.
Thomas tallied 962 votes to Beerman’s 829, according to the preliminary results. The numbers do not include 44 provisional ballots that have not been counted. There is also the possibility of City Hall elections officials receiving an unknown number of absentee ballots. Thomas took 53.7 percent of the vote to Beerman’s 46.3 percent.
"What it means to the town is that we’ve just reaffirmed the values we unequivocally stated in our visioning process," Thomas said, referring to a lengthy exercise during which Parkites helped craft ideas for the city’s future.
Thomas said the win is "exhilarating."
Beerman said he was surprised with the results and said he ran a good campaign. He said Thomas will be a good mayor and has his support.
Park City voters also kept Cindy Matsumoto on the City Council for a second term and added Tim Henney, a trails advocate who works in real estate investment and management. Alex Butwinski, an incumbent, was denied a second term. Mary Wintzer, a businessperson with real estate interests in the Iron Horse district, was also left off the City Council.
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The preliminary tally in the City Council campaign:
- Matsumoto, 875 votes
- Henney, 874 votes
- Butwinski, 783 votes
- Wintzer, 755 votes
The winners will be sworn into office in early January. Thomas will succeed Dana Williams, the three-term mayor who did not seek re-election this year. Williams endorsed Thomas. Beerman remains on the City Council. He is nearly halfway through his first term.
Turnout numbers were not immediately available.