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Incumbents Rulon C. Cummings and James E. Hurst kept their campaigns alive in Tuesday's primary election results.

Both men, however, are facing strong challenges from E. Gene Fessler and Patricia G. Seach, who more than survived the primaries, getting more votes than either incumbent.While Cummings garnered 259 votes and Hurst 245, Fessler got 290 and Seach a primary-high 376, according to unofficial results from the city recorder's office.

Those four will appear on the final ballot for four-year City Council seats.

Defeated in the primary were Leo W. Eastman II, 129 votes; Marc S. Kagan, 71 votes; Laren C. Livingston, 137 votes; and Douglas K. Nelson, 230 votes.

There was no primary for the mayor's race, in which there are only two candidates, incumbent Nelden E. Hamblin and Donald Ormsby. They will square off against each other in November.

Contacted late Tuesday, Seach said she was in a state of shock about being the top vote-getter. "I thought I didn't have a snowball's chance in you know where." Seach said the election tells her that voters are serious about wanting a change in their government. "I really didn't take it seriously. Now I'm going to have to."

Fessler said he believes the primary election results show that voters are interested in a change in government. "They're not happy with the direction the city has been going."

Fessler said he will continue to tell voters that he will keep taxes down and work for more of an expanded business district.

Tuesday's results were no surprise to Hurst, however. "When you're an incumbent, there's no way you can please everybody all of the time."

Hurst said his main goal is to keep the city running and progressing as successfully as it has been.

"In the past five years, we've had 50 new businesses move into town."

The Deseret News unsuccessfully attempted to contact Cummings for comment on the primary elections.

In an earlier interview, Cummings said he is seeking a third term to complete several redevelopment projects.