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Beerman re-elected as voters also put Worel and Gerber into office

by Jay Hamburger, THE PARK RECORD

Andy Beerman easily won re-election to another term on the Park City Council Tuesday night as voters selected Nann Worel and Becca Gerber for the other two seats on the ballot, completing one of the most polite City Hall campaigns in years.

The preliminary results on Election Day:

  • Beerman, 1,265 votes or 25.1 percent
  • Worel, 1,011 votes or 20.1 percent
  • Gerber, 913 votes, or 18.1 percent
  • Rory Murphy, 862 votes, or 17.1 percent
  • Hope Melville, 688 votes, or 13.7 percent
  • Dan Portwood, 293 votes, or 5.8 percent

    Beerman secured a second term with a campaign that stressed his record on environmental efforts and the economy, among other platform planks. It was his third campaign in four years after winning the City Council seat in 2011 and then unsuccessfully challenging for the mayor’s office two years later.

    Beerman lives in Old Town. He and his wife are the principal owners and managers of the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street.

    Worel is a member of the Park City Planning Commission, a position that has served as a stepping stone to the City Council or the mayor’s office for years. She lives in Solamere. Worel is the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that provides medical services to the uninsured.

    Gerber lives in Old Town and is a member of City Hall’s Recreation Advisory Board. She is the director of sales and marketing for Aloha Ski & Snowboard. Gerber frequently spoke of her background having grown up in Park City.

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    The winners will take their oaths of office in early January for four-year terms.

    The mayor’s office and the City Council seats held by Cindy Matsumoto and Tim Henney were not on the ballot. City Councilors Liza Simpson and Dick Peek did not seek re-election and will retire from office in early January.

    Voter-turnout numbers were not immediately available on Tuesday night. A neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of the results was also not available.

    The campaign stretched from the summer but never became a heated affair. The candidates engaged in a series of forums in recent weeks, outlining views on issues like growth, traffic and the Park City economy. There was general agreement between them on numerous topics.

    Voters turned down the City Council bids of Murphy, who is a developer, Park City Historic Preservation Board member Melville and Portwood, who manages facilities and assets for Nutraceutical.