Two-thirds of Equality Utah-endorsed candidates win election

Nearly two-thirds of candidates endorsed by the Equality Utah Political Action Committee were successful in their election bids, according to the group.

In Salt Lake City, Mayor Ralph Becker won reelection, as expected, with 75 percent of the vote. Becker called the results a “nice affirmation.” Kyle LaMalfa ousted 12-year incumbent Van Turner in the Salt Lake City Council District 2 race and Luke Garrott handily held on to his seat for District 4. The PAC did not endorse any candidates in the race between Charlie Luke and J.T. Martin in the District 6 race.

Mike Caldwell won the race for Ogden City Mayor with 61 percent of the vote and Alan Summerhays won his seat on the Draper City Council.

In Holladay, both Jim Palmer and Steve Gunn won their city council races. In Park City, Andy Beerman won a Park City Council seat and in West Valley, Corey Rushton won his.

Five endorsees did not fare as well. Alan Anderson lost his bid for Midvale City Council by just 29 votes, though it is possible not all cast votes have been counted. Alan Rogers lost his race in Fillmore, Rick Storrs lost in American Fork, Tara Dunn lost in St. George and Yancee Hardy lost the Provo City Council race.

Equality Utah sent a message to supporters, stating, “Thanks to all of our fair minded candidates that went through our endorsement process and worked so hard on their campaigns through the general election. Thanks to all the volunteers who turned out to canvass and phone bank. Lastly, big congratulations to our fair minded candidates that made it through the general election.”

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