Retired schoolteacher Marian Storey hammered her competition in Tuesday's Davis Board of Education primary.
Storey received more than four times the votes that second-place Lew Swain received, according to complete but unofficial results.Both candidates will advance to the general election in the nonpartisan race in Precinct 3 (Kaysville/Farmington). Bruce McGraw was eliminated, having managed only 8 percent of the votes.
"I'm thrilled," Storey said. "It's pretty amazing. I'm just overwhelmed with (voters') friendship and support. In fact, I get a little teary-eyed when I think about it."
Given her former occupation, Storey was the sentimental favorite with many teachers in the district. She was named Davis School District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and is a long-time Kaysville resident.
Despite her commanding lead, Storey said she's not going to rest on her laurels.
"I intend to work hard because I want to serve on that board," she said.
Both Storey and Swain focused on the issue of growth in their campaigns. Storey emphasized the need for creative ways to reduce class size, while Swain emphasized his experience (he's a developer of commercial real estate) in financing capital projects.
Swain was unavailable for comment, as he and his family were in Bolivia during the primary. They were carrying out a long-planned trip to help build a greenhouse and water storage plant in conjunction with the social program CHOICE.
McGraw said his defeat was a blow to diversity.
"(The other candidates) all stand for the same thing," he said. "They all want the status quo."
Bruce Richards withdrew from the race last week after ballots had already been printed. County officials publicized the withdrawal, but it was too late to change the ballots. He received 5 percent of the votes.