Park City mayoral primary: Nann Worel wins by wide margin, setting up contest with incumbent Andy Beerman
Voters advance Toly, Rubell, Henney and Purcell in City Council primary, but recount appears possible
Park City Councilor Nann Worel by a wide margin outdistanced the two other competitors in the mayoral primary election on Tuesday, according to the unofficial results, and appears to have advanced to Election Day in November against the incumbent mayor, Andy Beerman.
Worel received 1,373 votes in updated unofficial results released Wednesday afternoon. Second-place finisher Beerman garnered 723 votes while investment banker David Dobkin, who was unknown in Park City political circles prior to the campaign, received 362 votes.
The voters on Tuesday also put four Park City Council candidates on the cusp of the November ballot. The unofficial results of the City Council primary:
1. Tana Toly, 1,337 votes
2. Jeremy Rubell, 1,234 votes
3. Tim Henney, an incumbent city councilor, 796 votes
4. Thomas Purcell, 317 votes
5. John Greenfield, 287 votes
6. Daniel Lewis, 154 votes
7. Jamison Brandi, 143 votes
8. Michael Franchek, 52 votes
The top four finishers will advance to Election Day, when two City Council seats are on the ballot.
Voter turnout was 41.1%.
Based on the updated preliminary results, it is possible that a recount could be requested in the City Council contest. A recount could be sought if there is a margin of less than 1/4 of 1%.
The tally released Wednesday does not include 47 ballots that had not yet been counted due to signature issues and two provisional ballots. The Summit County Clerk’s Office could also receive additional mail-in ballots that were postmarked by the proper date.
The margin that any recount would be based upon will not be known until the primary election canvass, scheduled on Aug. 19.
The mayoral contest has greatly overshadowed the City Council campaign, and voters will have a choice between two of Park City’s best-known politicians. Beerman is a first-term mayor who previously served on the City Council while Worel is in her second term as a city councilor and once was a member of the Park City Planning Commission.
If Worel holds the commanding lead through the final primary tally, she would appear to be in a strong position headed into the fall campaign. Beerman, though, has proven to have an ability to brush off primary results to ultimately win in a general election. Beerman finished a distant second in the mayoral primary four years ago before exhibiting resilience in the fall campaign to capture the mayor’s office.
The City Council contest, meanwhile, involved an eclectic crop of candidates in the primary season. They brought disparate backgrounds to the campaign and only some of them had name recognition at the outset of the contest.
Toly grew up in the community, lives in Old Town and is a part of a longtime Park City family that owns Red Banjo Pizza. She is involved with the Historic Park City Alliance, which represents the interests of Main Street businesses, and is a member of City Hall’s Old Town panel, called the Historic Preservation Board.
Rubell lives in Thaynes Canyon and is a business strategy and technology consultant and has said the community has changed rapidly in the six years he has lived in Park City on a full-time basis.
Henney lives in lower Deer Valley and is seeking a third term as a member of the City Council. His platform closely aligns with the current City Hall work plan.
Purcell is the head coach of the boys basketball team at Park City High School and lives in Thaynes Canyon. He also works in the private equity and real estate investment fields.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the latest results released Wednesday by the Clerk’s Office.
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