Four advance to general election after primary
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Four Monticello residents advanced to the general election in a race for two spots on the Monticello City Council. An August 13 primary race pared the candidates from seven to four.

The names of Steve Duke, George Rice, Monte Wells and Matt Keyes will appear on the general election ballot in November. They seek the City Council positions currently held by Craig Leavitt and Brad Randall.

Duke led all candidates with 294 votes. He was followed by Rice, who secured 226 votes. Next is Wells with 124 votes, followed by 86 votes for Keyes.

Candidates who do not advance to the general election include Scott Christensen with 67 votes, Rick Clark with 64, and Brenda Sturdevant with 51.

It was the first election in Monticello using mailed ballots. City Recorder Cindi Holyoak reports that participation was high and the process worked relatively well.

“Overall, I was satisfied and pleased with the mail-in ballots process,” said Holyoak. “It was helpful to hold a primary election for practice and to work out the kinks.”

Holyoak said that San Juan County Clerk Norm Johnson, and his staff, were extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process.

Holyoak added, “I encourage all voters to be diligent in updating their voter registration records, as undeliverable mailing addresses were the biggest obstacle.”

After ballots were received, the signature on each ballot was compared to the official signature in the voting records. Holyoak said the ballots were opened in a way to ensure privacy.

In total, 466 voters participated in the election, compared to the 1,146 voters who are listed on the voting records.

The 40.7 percent of voters who participated this year is almost identical to the 40.6 percent who participated in most recent previous primary election, in 2005.

Participation in the 2013 primary election is higher than in the most recent previous general election.

In 2011, 38.6 percent of eligible voters participated in the general election.

The primary helps solidify the ballots for November.

In Monticello, the race for Mayor to replace Doug Allen is between Tim Young and Eric George.

In Blanding, four residents are running for two open seats on the City Council. They include incumbents Charlie Taylor and Robert Ogle, and challengers Taylor Harrison and Keele Johnson.

Calvin Balch is running unopposed for Blanding Mayor. The current Mayor, Toni Turk, withdrew from the race after the filing period.
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