The unofficial results for the mayor primary election have incumbent Mayor Holley Daines and businessman Dee Jones advancing to the general election.
As of Tuesday evening, Daines had 3,163 votes, Jones had 1,531 votes, and Lowell Huber had 184 votes.
Daines said she was “delighted” by the primary results.
“It’s a great metric to show we’re on the right track according to our citizens,” she said.
Daines said her next steps will be to continue working on her mayoral duties and her campaign. Her outline for the next four years includes completing many projects that she started during her current term.
“We are so fortunate to live in a great city with a wonderful quality of life,” she said. “We need to keep making the decisions and investments necessary to build on that quality and ensure a prosperous future.”
Daines is running on a platform to continue her projects and goals of revitalizing downtown, creating more parks and trails, expanding businesses and investing in citywide infrastructure.
Jones said he appreciated the votes he received, but was disappointed in the voter turnout. Out of 22,826 registered voters, only 4,883 voted.
Jones said he plans to get out and meet with the public as often as he can before the general election.
Jones said he has a “tremendous amount of respect” for the Daines family and is looking forward to the campaign.
“Newell Daines was a good person and a fine mayor,” he said. “Merrill was one of the best doctors this valley has had. I really appreciate what the Daines family has done throughout the years for our city, and Holly will be an emulous opponent.”
Jones is running on a platform of bringing higher-paying jobs to the valley, addressing poverty and homelessness, reducing utility rates, creating permanent housing, bringing tourism to the city and improving infrastructure.
“I will work with the other communities in the county to create an ‘as one’ environment,” he said. “Working together as one will bring a positive economic impact to the entire county.”
The general election will take place Nov. 2 with Daines and Jones on the ballot, as well as Amy Anderson, Ernesto Lopez and Keegan Garrity on the ballot for Municipal Council positions.
Several other cities in Cache County have released their primary election results.
In Lewiston, four candidates were running for a two-year City Council seat. After the votes came in, Regan Wheeler, Kade B. Tarbet, Ned K. Simpler and Brenda K. Link were all listed as disqualified Tuesday night. The Herald Journal was unable to learn the reasons for the disqualifications by press time.
In Smithfield, there were also five candidates for two City Council seats. Jane Hyer received 783 votes, Wade C. Campbell received 732 votes, Andrew Lillywhite had 596, Jamie Anderson had 553 and Bart Caley had 334. The top four will advance.
In North Logan, five candidates were running for two City Council positions. Brad Crookston received 530 votes, Joni Kartchner received 520 votes, Emily Schmidt had 517, Bruce W. Lee had 477 and Darrin Buttery had 264. The top four candidates will advance to the general election.
In Trenton, current Mayor Lynn Payne is running against Rachelle Ludwinski and Deyette Bradley. Payne received 92 votes, and Ludwinski received 37 while Bradley had 36. Because the two latter were so close in the unofficial results, it is unclear which will advance.