Connell, Blair And Carpenter Win Seats On Payson Council

Voters OK home rule and school override

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Final vote tallies Thursday morning show Payson Town Council incumbent Su Connell, who got 64 percent of the votes cast, and Ed Blair, who received 59 percent of the votes, along with challenger Fred Carpenter were elected in Tuesday’s voting.

Incumbent town councilor Mike Vogel lost his job to Carpenter by 23 votes. Vogel received 2,965 votes, while former town manager Carpenter won 2,988 votes. Blair, who finished second in the voting, had 3,044 votes.

Voters could vote for up to three candidates for the three open positions. To avoid a general election run-off, candidates had to receive 50 percent of the votes cast plus one vote.

Running unopposed Mayor Kenny Evans garnered 3,826 votes. There were 224 write-in votes for mayor and 67 write-in votes for the town council positions.

The final Home Rule vote shows Payson voters favoring the measure by a wide margin — 3,664 or more than 71 percent, to 762 against, for nearly 15 percent.

Voters approved the Payson schools override by 67 percent, with 3,954 voters saying yes and 1,897 voting no.

The final official results were released Thursday morning.

A little more than 55 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. There are 9,304 registered Payson voters and 5,123 cast votes Tuesday.

In Star Valley, Mayor Bill Rappaport retained his office by 77 votes.

Rappaport received 235 votes compared to the 158 votes cast for Randy White.

In the council race, Paty Henderson won the most votes with 282, followed by Del Newland with 248 votes. Vern Leis came in third with 220 votes and Chris Benjamin came in last with 209 votes.

The unofficial results call for new councilor Henderson to join incumbents Newland and Leis. However, results won’t be finalized until Friday.

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