Only the mayor continued to campaign in the late hours
September 15, 2009
Drivers passing through two busy intersections Tuesday morning were greeted with some politicking on the day of the primary election in the Park City mayoral contest.
Mayor Dana Williams and a few of his supporters spent the commuting hours at the Kearns Boulevard-Monitor Drive intersection and the Kearns Boulevard-Park Avenue intersection.
The arrived at approximately 7 a.m., as the polls opened, and stayed for the morning commute. Williams said he expected the supporters to stake out the same positions during the evening commute, when many voters normally head to the polls.
He said the late-hour campaigning is worthwhile, and some voters did not realize there was a primary election on Tuesday.
"It’s just amazing how many people don’t know about it," Williams said, adding that he could have won over some voters even as the polls had already opened.
Williams earlier in the campaign walked through neighborhoods campaigning on a door-to-door basis.
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His three competitors said early on Tuesday they did not plan to be out and about campaigning throughout the day.
Brad Olch, a former three-term mayor, said he spent Monday campaigning in neighborhoods and last weekend on the stump in Prospector and Old Town.
He said he planned to run some errands and go for a bike ride on Tuesday before having dinner with his daughter.
"There are no votes to be won today. We’ve done everything we can do," Olch said, adding that the campaign had sent out e-mail messages to supporters in the past five days.
R. Dan Portwood, a political newcomer, said there are few voters who would be swayed if he campaigned on the side of the road on Tuesday like Williams did. He said he expected to make up to 60 campaign calls and send between 300 and 400 e-mails on Tuesday asking for votes.
Diania Turner, another newcomer to Park City politics, said the number of voters who could be brought into her column by campaigning on Tuesday was small.
"For me, it’s up to the voter now," she said, adding, "The people of Park City have made their decision."