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LAYTON’S MAYOR AND 2 COUNCILMEN ADVANCE IN RACES

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All three incumbents - the mayor and two councilmen - survived challenges in Layton's primary election Tuesday and will move into the November general election, according to unofficial results from the city recorder.

Mayor Richard G. McKenzie will face challenger James J. Layton in next month's balloting. Incumbent Councilmen Jerry Stevenson and Jerry Nebeker will run against challengers Lyndia Graham and Ethel H. Adams.Losing in the mayor's race were Councilman Kent Dee Smith, former Mayor Golden C. Sill and former Councilman Donald D. Weaver.

Mayoral candidate Layton polled the most votes for that office with 621, and McKenzie totalled 502, narrowly edging Smith's 490 votes. Smith, however, has two years still remaining on his four-year council term.

Weaver polled 266 votes, and Sill, who lost to McKenzie in the mayor's race four years ago, totalled 262.

Stevenson, completing his first four-year council term, led the six candidates for council, with 1,094 votes. He was followed closely by Graham, a weekly newspaper reporter who is making her first run at a city office, with 1,086.

Adams, a retired Hill Air Force Base employee and operator of a small family farm in Layton, came in third with 920 votes, followed by incumbent Nebeker with 738.

Eliminated were Brent J. Dotson and Terrence W. Luh.

McKenzie, a retired Hill worker, filed for re-election almost at the last minute after saying for months he would not run again. Uncompleted projects, such as the municipal complex and court building currently under construction, and improving the city's road system were cited as his reasons for running again.

Layton, now farming in west Layton, is retired after 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the county school district. His last position was principal of North Layton Junior High, from 1979 to his 1987 retirement.

Adams is a 38-year resident of Layton and has been active as a volunteer on committees working on the city's master plan and in other community activities.

Graham said she has attended hundreds of council and planning commission meetings as a reporter.