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Salt Lake County mayor will stay, Snelgrove lagging behind Kanter

SALT LAKE CITY — Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams was on his way to re-election Tuesday night, leading GOP opponent Dave Robinson 62 percent to 37 percent, according to results as of 11 p.m.

McAdams, a former state senator first elected Salt Lake County mayor in 2012, will now likely serve through 2020.

"When I campaigned four years ago, I promised to set aside partisan gridlock and get the job done," McAdams said after the results were revealed. "Whether it's been working to minimize homelessness, create jobs or build the economy, we've done that by working across party lines."

Late Tuesday night, Robinson congratulated McAdams.

“This has been a fantastic experience,” Robinson said. “It’s been great to represent the Republican Party and the county. It’s been an honor to get this many votes. I wish Mayor McAdams the best of luck for the next four years.”

During his campaign, McAdams championed his efforts on criminal justice reform, minimizing homelessness and expanding economic development in Salt Lake County.

Robinson, meanwhile, waged a series of attacks on McAdams over the mayor's role as chairman of the Mountain Accord executive committee.

Robinson last month accused McAdams of "pay-to-play politics" by using his position to award more than $300,000 in consulting contracts to public affairs firms that have also given multiple financial contributions to the mayor's campaign.

McAdams dismissed Robinson's claims as unfounded and "absurd."

McAdams raised more than $400,000 in campaign contributions in the 2016 election cycle, compared with Robinson's $53,000, according to November campaign finance reports.

On the County Council, at-large hopeful Catherine Kanter had 52 percent of the vote to lead GOP incumbent Richard Snelgrove, at 48 percent.

"Early results look good and we await the returns," Kanter said.

Late Tuesday, Snelgrove was hopeful outstanding results may close the gap.

"I wish it were the other way around, but it's still early," he said. "I'm cautiously optimistic that as more folks come in, we'll see a bump."

Kanter lead a richly funded campaign. The latest campaign finance reports show Kanter took in more than $263,000, while Snelgrove raised about $83,000.

Republican Councilman Max Burdick, representing District 6, led Democratic challenger Abigail Wright, 54 percent to 45 percent. According to campaign finance reports, Burdick raised nearly $40,000, while Wright took in a mere $235.

Another County Council GOP incumbent, Michael Jensen, gained 100 percent of the vote, running unopposed except for write-in candidate Jeff Write.

The council's only incumbent Democrat up for election this year, Councilman Sam Granato, ran unopposed.

In Millcreek — the township that will be morphing into a city on Jan. 1 after voters last year chose incorporation — voters selected their first mayor and City Council.

Jeff Silvestrini, who prevailed over seven other Millcreek mayoral hopefuls in the primaries, advanced to the general election with opponent Fred Healey, but Healey withdrew in August when doctors diagnosed him with cancer.

On the ballot unopposed and taking in 100 percent of Tuesday night's votes, Silvestrini will likely become Millcreek's first mayor.

As for Millcreek's first City Council, voters picked Silvia Catten for District 1, Dwight Marchant for District 2, Cheri Jackson for District 3 and Bev Uipi for District 4.

Countywide, unofficial results showed 56 percent of voters gave a thumbs up to Proposition A, the $90 million parks and recreation bond that would provide $59 million for 11 new projects and $31 million for upkeep and improvements to existing amenities throughout the county.

Proposition A called for a 10-year extension of a property tax the county has used to build and maintain parks and recreation projects for several decades. If approved, the average homeowner will continue paying about $18 per year toward the tax.

Contributing: Daphne Chen