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Voters in Hooper narrow the roster

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HOOPER, Weber County — The mayor's race for this newly incorporated town is down to two.

During a special primary Tuesday, 851 voters (38 percent of all registered voters) went to the polls to narrow the number of candidates running for mayor and City Council.

William "Durk" Bailey led the field for mayor with 78 percent of the vote. Bailey will face Wayne Haws, who advanced to the Nov. 7 general election with 11 percent of the vote.

Bonnie P. Bash and Stan D. Child — the two other mayoral candidates — were eliminated with 8 and 3 percent of the votes respectively.

Bailey, 57, owns and operates three plumbing supply stores. Haws, 44, is an electrician.

Hooper's new mayor will be elected to a three-year term.

For the City Council—at—large position, Dennis Weston advanced with 45 percent of the votes and Craig N. Criddle received 34 percent to also move onto the general election.

John V. Stoddard received 17 percent of the votes and M. Cary Kellerstrass had 4 percent. Both were eliminated.

The at-large council member will have a one-year term.

In the City Council district one, Bradley R. Beus received the most votes at 35 percent. Mark L. Bingham, (23 percent); Janet P. Stoddard (18 percent) and Clair Widdison (14 percent) also advanced. Bette Wilson only received 11 percent of the vote and was eliminated.

For City Council district two, Bob Fowers received the most votes with 30 percent, followed by Theo G. Cox with 29 percent and Dave Horrocks (30 percent) and Kathy Manning (30 percent). All four advanced to the general election. Janet Tremelling (7 percent) and Jerry G. Schneidewend (2 percent) were eliminated.

In City Council district three, Korry Green had the most votes (35 percent), followed by Richard H. Noyes (25 percent); Ray Hancock (16 percent) and Mark E. Wayment (14 percent). Eliminated was Charles L. Smith with 10 percent of the vote.

The seven-member council will have two members from each district and the at-large member. The top vote-getter in each district will be elected to a three-year term, while the runner-up serves one year.

Hooper residents voted last May to incorporate their community.

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