LAYTON -- Five candidates for the three open seats on the Layton City Council left the city council chambers Tuesday night knowing they had moved on to the general election.
Three other candidates are still waiting, pending the results from votes to be counted today.
The three incumbents, Joyce Forbes Brown, Scott Freitag and F. Renny Knowlton, all easily moved on to the Nov. 8 general election. Joining those three will be Jory Francis and Dawn Fitzpatrick.
"Considering I'm in fifth place, it's going to be a lot of door-knocking and campaigning, meeting new people," Fitzpatrick said.
Brown, looking for her third term, led all vote-getters with 926, followed by Freitag with 839 and Francis with 814.
"The city is being run really smoothly," Brown said. "We've been able to keep our employees and still do big projects."
Freitag is seeking his second term, while Knowlton is after his fifth. Knowlton had 784 votes and Fitzpatrick had 575.
"There aren't a lot of issues going on in our city," Knowlton said. "We keep taxes low, we keep overhaul low and we run the city on a budget."
City Recorder Theida Wellman said that there are still 259 votes from residents who voted outside their precinct that need to be added to the count, as well as 29 provisional votes to be considered. The provisional votes are ones that involve questions regarding a given voter's eligibility.
Those ballots could affect the race for the sixth position on the ballot as LT Weese (334), Chris Crowder (314) and Steven Ashdown (304) are all involved in a close contest. Kyle Hoskins finished ninth with 152.
"I'm not horribly disappointed because I enjoy meeting people," Crowder said. "Every time you run you get to meet new people and I just have to get my name out."
"For my first time running, I'm happy with the votes I got," Ashdown said. "Layton has some very good people to choose from."
One thing that frustrated all the candidates was the low voter turnout. At just 5,042 votes, the turnout was about 6 percent. That was the lowest turnout percentage of the eight Davis County cities with primary elections.
"The low voter turnout affects those running for the seats," Weese said. "You don't get to know us except from our signs and flyers."