All three incumbents made the cut in Tooele County’s only primary election in Grantsville Tuesday.
Of the 934 people who voted, 788 votes were cast for mayor. Of the total, 547 — 58.6 percent — were for current Grantsville City Mayor Brent Marshall. He will be challenged in November’s mayoral election by Michael Tate, who got 12.5 percent of the share of votes with 115. Marshall’s 2009 competitor, Jill Thomas, got 81 votes for 8.7 percent of the lot, and Silas Smith got 45 votes, or 4.8 percent.
For the two seats on the Grantsville City Council, incumbent Tom Tripp took 40 percent of votes with 373, and fellow incumbent Mike Colson came in behind him with 323 votes for 34.6 percent overall.
Erik Stromberg, a Grantsville Planning and Zoning Commission member, followed Colson closely with 302 — 32.3 percent — of the votes, and former Grantsville City Police Chief Danny Johnson slid into fourth place for the general election with 228 votes, or 24.4 percent of the total.
Of the other two candidates for city council in the primary, Justin Wingfield got 17.3 percent of the votes with 162, and Allen Muhlestein got 122 votes for a total of 13.1 percent.
Tooele County Clerk Marilyn Gillette noted that the results are unofficial pending the count of provisional ballots, which are counted shortly before the canvass. However, she said, the general spread of results should hold.
“We don’t have enough to make a difference, but there are eight provisional ballots,” she said.
Of the 934 total votes, Gillette said 53 were sent in via absentee ballots, and the rest were cast Tuesday at the Grantsville Fire Station. The total of 4,541 active registered voters in Grantsville works out to a turnout of 20.57 percent.
In the 2009 primary election, in which voters also cast ballots for both mayor and city council slots, voter turnout was 22.81 percent; turnout for the primary council election in 2011 was 10.55 percent.