Republicans advance Mel Brown, the incumbent, to November’s ballot |

Republicans advance Mel Brown, the incumbent, to November’s ballot

By Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

State Rep. Mel Brown, a longtime Republican Party loyalist, appeared to have won the GOP’s nomination in District 53 of the House of Representatives Tuesday night, beating back a challenge from his party’s far right.

With all but two reporting locations in Wasatch County having filed numbers in the Republican primary, Brown, of Coalville, had received more than 55 percent of the votes, in an apparent defeat of Wanship resident Jon Hellander. Brown trounced Hellander in Summit County, where the incumbent received 1,052 votes. Only 588 people in Summit County voted for Hellander.

District 53 includes portions of Summit, Wasatch, Daggett, Rich and Morgan counties. Hellander’s best showing was in Morgan County, where he easily outdistanced Brown.

Meanwhile, in the Summit County voting in the Democratic primary in District 25 of the state House of Representatives, Salt Lake City resident Joel Briscoe received more than 50 percent of the ballots to outpace Anthony Kaye, who is also from Salt Lake City. District 25 includes precincts in Summit and Salt Lake counties, and voting locations in Salt Lake County had not reported Tuesday night.

The margins in two contests in the North Summit and South Summit school districts were slim with several possible provisional and absentee ballots left to be counted.