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Ogden City Council: Myers, Gale hold wide leads in at-large race; Graf, Van Wagoner likely advance in District 4 contest

By Rob Nielsen - | Sep 5, 2023
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Weber County poll workers, from left, John Usher, Merrin Tubbs, Eliza Tubbs and Lucas Tubbs help with in-person voting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at the Weber Center in Ogden.
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Four contenders are running for the at-large seat C post on the Ogden City Council. They are, clockwise from top left, Shaun Myers, Lara Gale, Levi Andersen and John Thompson. Primary voting, which ends on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, will serve to narrow the list of hopefuls to two.
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Five candidates are facing off in the primary for the District 4 seat on the Ogden City Council. They are, clockwise from top left, Steve Van Wagoner, Austin Raymond, Sebastian Benitez, Alexander Castagno and Dave Graf. Voting ends on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023.

OGDEN — Four candidates emerged as clear front-runners Tuesday evening in two crowded primary election races for seats on the Ogden City Council.

In the first batch of released votes, representing incomplete totals, Shaun Myers (3,285 votes) and Lara Gale (1,831 votes) held the top two spots in the at-large seat C race.

As for the District 4 race, Dave Graf (1,100 votes) and Steven Van Wagoner (1,050 votes) held a commanding lead on their nearest opponents.

The top two vote-getters in each race will advance to the Nov. 21 general election.

In the at-large seat C race, Myers and Gale were followed by J. Levi Andersen (1,074 votes) and John Thompson (863 votes).

In the District 4 race, Graf and Van Wagoner were followed by Sebastian Benitez (499 votes), Alexander Castagno (216 votes) and Austin Raymond (117 votes).

While the vast majority of ballots have been counted, any submitted Tuesday — whether cast in-person, placed in drop boxes or postmarked by that day — still have yet to filter into the Weber County Election’s Office and will be counted in the coming days.

Weber County Clerk/Auditor Ricky Hatch told the Standard-Examiner last week that nearly all ballots should be counted by Thursday, barring any major issues.

The results are unofficial at this time and will remain so until the Ogden City Council canvasses the results at a meeting Sept. 19.


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