Prop 9 big winner in Grand's busiest midterms
by Doug McMurdo
The Times-Independent
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2018 Midterm elections
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More than 8 out of 10 registered Grand County voters participated in the 2018 midterm elections – and they proved to be in line with the rest of Utah on ballot questions – approving medical marijuana, expanding Medicaid, addressing gerrymandering and giving lawmakers more authority – but they had a different idea who should head to Washington, D.C., or the statehouse.

Here on the local level, Grand County Council incumbent Mary McGann prevailed over challenger Norm Knapp, 2,102 to 1,929. Christina Sloan is the Grand County Attorney-elect after defeating Stephen Stocks 2,220 to 1,749 and Katherine Williams will join the Grand County Board of Education after prevailing over Ryan Anderson for the District 4 seat.

Proposition 9 passed handily. The controversial local issue calls for the creation of a study committee that will spend 2019 hashing out a new form of government in Grand County, one voters will approve, or not, in the next election. The vote was 2,834 to 1,237.

While Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mitt Romney trounced Democratic challenger Jenny Wilson statewide, Wilson won in Grand County, 2,049 to 1,873.

Grand County voters were equally contrary in the U.S. House District 3 race. Incumbent Republican John Curtis took more than 60 percent of the district vote over Democratic challenger James Courage Singer, who won Grand County by a margin of 2,134 to 1,904.

Despite beating Republican Christine Watkins in an incredibly tight race in Grand County, 811 to 810, Watkins beat Democrat Tim Glenn in the Utah House District 69 race.

Carl Albrecht fell to Democrat and Grand County resident Robert Greenberg in Grand County, 1,393 to 1,116, but the Republican Albrecht won the district by a huge gap.

Local voters were on the same track as voters across the state on ballot issues, voting to decline raising fuel tax by 10 cents to help fund public education Question 1, which was overwhelmingly defeated statewide. The local vote was 1,631 for and 2,500 against.

Grand County voted 3,104 to 848 to approve Constitutional Amendment A, which clarifies a property tax exemption for active duty military. This passed statewide.

Constitutional Amendment B called for exempting landlords from paying property taxes when they rent to government entities. It failed 3,200 to 748 in Grand County, mirroring the attitude of voters across the state.

Constitutional Amendment C gives state lawmakers the authority to call for special sessions outside of the normal 45-day session, something only the governor could do in the past. It passed 2,231 to 1,657 in Grand County and also passed statewide.

Medical marijuana was approved by a more than 3:1 margin in Grand County, 3,113 to 1,043. It passed by a much narrower margin at the state level.

Proposition 3 calls for the full expansion of Medicaid; it passed 2,690 to 1,432 in Grand County and it also passed on the state level.

Proposition 4, which calls for the creation of an independent bipartisan committee to study and suggest how legislative districts should be drawn in an effort to address gerrymandering, passed 2,413 to 1,565 in Grand County and across the state.

Grand County Clerk Diana Carroll said the 2018 midterms, her 12th and final election, were the busiest she has experienced. More than 150 people cast a provisional ballot outside of her office on Election Day, and a total of 83.14 percent of voters participated.

Other local races that had only a single candidate include Carroll’s clerk position. Chris Baird, the county’s budget officer, is the clerk-auditor-elect. The others are incumbent Sheriff Steven White, Grand County Council incumbent Jaylyn Hawks, newcomer Council Member Terry Morse, Grand County Surveyor Lucas Blake, and Grand County Board of Education District 1 candidate Britnie Ellis.

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