LAYTON -- The Layton mayoral race came down to business experience and name, versus business experience and signs.
Besides about 1,100 votes, there just wasn't a lot separating Layton city's two mayoral candidates when it came to the issues.
Former councilman and businessman Bob Stevenson defeated Layton Councilman Jory Francis in the high-profile race of the night Tuesday.
Layton municipal candidates, along with friends and family, gathered at City Hall to watch election results roll in.
Although Francis, having served two years on the council, seemed to have more signs, Stevenson rode on his experience as a councilman from 1982 to 1991, his familiar name, and a campaign theme of fewer apartments and more businesses to capture his first term as mayor.
It also may have helped that this was Stevenson's second consecutive run for mayor.
"I am very humbled and appreciative of the support, including my family," Stevenson said.
"I know there is a lot of work to be done," said Stevenson, who also noted that he and the council will need to make it a team effort.
Explaining his large margin of victory, Stevenson said he felt that his message was in line with the way people in Layton are feeling.
Stevenson replaces Mayor Steve Curtis, who opted not to seek re-election after having served two consecutive four-year terms as mayor.
Going into the contest, Stevenson and Francis, who both survived the Aug. 13 primary, offered voters extensive backgrounds in business and the promise of doing more with UTOPIA, the city's telecommunication fiber optic system.
Francis, 39, owns Yusef Manufacturing Labs in the Freeport Center. Stevenson, 59, is a longtime home builder and a recently retired Nestle's sales executive.
The biggest surprise in Layton may have been Councilmen Barry Flitton and Michael Bouwhuis being defeated by two political newcomers who challenged the city on a proposed west Layton development.
Tom Day and Joy Petro both narrowly captured seats on the council with their campaign theme of providing a listening ear to Layton's citizenry.
Bouwhuis, president of Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville, has served 10 years on the council, while Flitton was making a run at a second term.
Day led all vote-getters in capturing nearly 29 percent of the vote. Petro received about 28 percent of the vote.
About 13 percent of the city's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election.
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