FARMINGTON -- Ten of the 15 cities in Davis County elected new mayors Tuesday, signaling an overhaul in leadership.
But the closest race of the evening was a hotly debated proposition in Kaysville that was approved by voters 56 percent to 44 percent.
Proposition 5 will limit how city leaders spend power plant revenues generated by the city-owned electric company.
Proponents of the measure say the proposition will increase government transparency, while those opposing the proposition spoke to how it will limit the flexibility of city leaders when it comes to operating the city.
But while Kaysville voters adopted a proposition, they also returned two of three incumbents to office for four more years, with Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt capturing 67 percent of the vote over challenger Art Whittaker.
Challenger Susan Lee was the leading vote-getter in the council race. Councilman Jared R. Taylor narrowly defeated Councilman Gil Miller by 21 votes for the second open seat on the council.
"I am looking forward to continuing to move the city forward in a positive direction," said Hiatt, who captured his second term as mayor.
And despite having concerns with the language in Proposition 5, Hiatt said he will support the outcome of the election.
"The city will craft an ordinance that implements what the voters have said," said Hiatt, who is hopeful that those who supported the proposition and those who opposed it can put their differences aside in unifying the city.
But while Kaysville re-elected its mayor, other parts of the county saw a parade of new mayors capturing office.
Voters in Layton, South Weber, Syracuse, Sunset, Clearfield, Bountiful, Farmington, Centerville, Woods Cross and Fruit Heights elected new mayors.
"The citizens have spoken," said Sunset Mayor-elect Beverly Macfarlane. She said voters want the city council to be fiscally responsible and to work together in moving the city forward.
Macfarlane came out of the Aug. 13 primary with just more than 65 percent of the vote and continued with that momentum into the general election, garnering nearly 75 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Councilman Ryan Furniss.
In Layton, former councilman and businessman Bob J. Stevenson took an early lead over Councilman Jory Francis and held onto it, collecting 62 percent of the total vote.
Clearfield city voters also elected a new mayor in Councilman Mark Shepherd, who collected 74 percent of the vote.
"I think it says we are doing things right," Shepherd said. He said he was flattered by the results of the election and noted that there is always a faction that is anti-incumbent.
Shepherd, who will replace Clearfield Mayor Don Wood, who opted not to seek re-election, said he was disappointed that only 11 percent of Clearfield's registered voters cast ballots Tuesday.
"I hope the low turnout is because people are pleased (with the direction the city is going)," he said.
In Syracuse, Terry Palmer won by a decisive margin, defeating challenger Councilman Doug Peterson by a 61 percent to 39 percent.
"Personally, I am humbled by this situation. I do believe the city wanted a change because of the (negativism) in the city," Palmer said.
"I do believe with the council that is set up, you will see civility brought back to the city," said Palmer, who looks forward to working with the council.
In Bountiful, newcomer Randy C. Lewis was elected mayor in an uncontested race, after Councilwoman Beth Holbrook withdrew from the race Oct. 9.
Holbrook will retain her seat on the council.
In Farmington, Councilman Jim Talbot also ran uncontested for mayor, as did West Point Mayor Erik Craythorne.
West Bountiful Mayor Kenneth Romney ran uncontested for a second consecutive four-year term as mayor after his opponent, Bud Ingles, a former councilman who served years ago, withdrew from the race Aug. 14, the day following the primary, officials said.
On a sad note, South Davis Sewer District candidate and longtime board member Dean B. Mortensen, seeking re-election for another four year term, died early Monday morning from natural causes, District General Manager Dal Wayment said.
Mortensen was one of three candidates running for two open seats on the board. The North Salt Lake resident, a licensed surveyor, served 18 years with the district, Wayment said. In that race, Howard Burningham and John Davies were elected.
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