Updated primary election results. Bruce Adams, Cindi Holyoak, Rick Meyer headed to county positions
Republicans participated in a June 30 primary election that helped set the ballots for the statewide general election and determined the winners of three positions in San Juan County.
San Juan County Clerk John David Nielson released updated vote totals on July 2. The update added 755 ballots to the preliminary figures that were released on June 30.
The new votes represent mailed ballots that arrived after the initial count, in addition to approved provisional ballots.
Commissioner Bruce Adams, Recorder Cindi Holyoak, and Assessor Rick Meyer earned the Republican nomination and will assume the positions in 2021, as there are no Democratic challengers for the seats in the November general election.
Adams will serve another four years on the San Juan County Commission after he earned a victory over challenger Cheryl Bowers.
Votes for Adams represented 52.5 percent of the total votes cast. Adams, who has served as Commissioner since 2004, secured 641 votes compared to 579 for Bowers, who serves as a member of the Blanding City Council.
Adams, of Monticello, and Bowers, of Blanding, each received significant support from their respective communities. Both earned more than 70 percent of their community vote.
Bowers narrowly defeated Adams in Spanish Valley and Adams received 60 percent of the votes in the area north of Monticello, including La Sal.
Holyoak was successful in her bid for the Recorder position. Holyoak, who serves as Monticello City Recorder, earned 1,172 votes to defeat incumbent David Carpenter, who received 858 votes. The votes for Holyoak represent 58 percent of the total votes cast. Carpenter has served as Recorder for the past six years.
Meyer will be the San Juan County Assessor beginning in 2021 after he defeated Logan Boyd in the Republican primary. Meyer, who has worked in public health positions in the past, earned 1,349 votes to outpace Boyd, who received 690 votes. The votes for Meyer represent 66 of the total votes cast.
In addition to the county races, there were two statewide races on the primary ballot.
In the Republican race for Utah Governor, Greg Hughes was the big winner in San Juan County. Hughes earned 47 percent of the vote in San Juan County to easily outpace the other challengers, including Spencer Cox (20%), Jon Huntsman (21%), and Thomas Wright (12%).
Hughes was not able to translate his San Juan County support and finished a distant third in the statewide race. The race is still undetermined as of Thursday, with Cox holding a narrow lead over Huntsman.
Hughes served as Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives during the Bears Ears National Monument debate and was able to build significant support among local Republicans.
In the Republican race for Utah Attorney General, challenger David Leavitt defeated incumbent Sean Reyes, at least in San Juan County. Leavitt secured 53 percent of the county vote. Statewide, Reyes holds a strong lead, and appears to be headed to the general election ballot, although Leavitt has yet to concede.
In total, nearly 2100 Republican participated in the primary election. The Republican party holds a closed primary, meaning only registered Republicans could participate.