Ogden City Council incumbents win re-election, Choberka wins open seat

Tuesday , November 07, 2017 - 10:13 PM2 comments

TIM VANDENACK, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Incumbents easily held on in three Ogden City Council races, but still, there will be one new face on the body — Angela Choberka, winner in the Ward 1 race.

According to unofficial vote totals Tuesday, Marcia White won in her bid for a second term in the At-Large A seat, Bart Blair won his third term in the At-Large B seat and Doug Stephens won his fourth term in the Ward 3 post.

Neil Garner did not seek re-election in the Ward 1 race and newcomer Choberka beat Paul Rivers, which will make her the new person on the seven-member council.

That the three incumbents won “shows that the council is working hard and doing the right things,” Blair said. “The community trusts us and the direction we’re going.”


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According to the vote totals, White beat challenger Lew Wheelwright 5,237 votes to 2,836. Blair easily fended off a challenge from Mary Khalaf 5,301 votes to 2,677 and Stephens beat Taylor Knuth 1,203 to 880. Choberka beat Rivers 495 votes to 326.

The messages varied in the races, fairly low-key contests. Blair and Stephens cited a desire to continue with the forward momentum they say the city has achieved in recent years while White focused on what she said was her fiscal responsibility and analytical planning abilities.

That the three incumbents won “shows that we’re doing positive things for Ogden,” Stephens said, citing improvements around the city’s core, including The Junction entertainment zone. “I think people are seeing there’s really a vast improvement...that’s happening in Ogden.”

Going forward, Stephens said, experience among council members will be needed as the body wrestles with issues like a proposed ordinance allowing backyard chickens.

“There’s a lot of work to do and we’ll keep moving forward to keep Ogden great,” Blair said.

White thanked supporters at a gathering Tuesday night at Urban Studio on 25th Street in Ogden. Wheelwright offered a contrast to White, a numbers person, saying he would be a potentially “disruptive” force on the council, offering a pro-business perspective unafraid of shaking things up.

In her campaigning, Choberka touted the importance of listening to everybody and reaching out to those less connected to the political system. Crumbling sidewalks were also a big concern, as they were for other hopefuls.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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