Salt Lake County Council incumbents victorious
The political makeup of the Salt Lake County Council is staying the same.
All three incumbents were re-elected Tuesday night, while Democrat Sam Granato retained the District 4 seat held by retiring party colleague Jani Iwamoto. That means incoming Democratic Mayor-elect Ben McAdams will be working with a council that has a 5-4 Republican majority.
Granato, second-generation owner of a family food business, captured 58 percent of the vote in the east-central county district, according to unofficial election results. He defeated Republican Missy Wilson Larsen, daughter of former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson, who received 42 percent.
That was an even bigger margin of victory than was enjoyed by another Democrat, at-large Councilman Jim Bradley, who won a third six-year term on the council. Bradley, 66, received 54 percent of the votes compared with 46 percent for Republican Joseph Demma, the communications director for the state Department of Workforce Services. Bradley said Demma called to offer congratulations about 10:40 p.m., conceding that the Democrat would remain a presence in Salt Lake County government, which he entered in 1990 when first elected to a seat on the old County Commission.
"This was not an easy year by any means. We had to work very hard to make sure people voting for Romney voted for me and it looks like we did that. There's a lot to be done in the next six years," Bradley said, citing the revision of ordinances governing development in the county's canyons and foothills and the related question of SkiLink, a proposal by Canyons Resort outside of Park City to build a gondola that would connect it to Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
The Republicans easily maintained their majority on the council.
District 2 incumbent Michael Jensen, who is the Unified Fire Authority chief, outpolled former Democratic legislator Brent Goodfellow 57 percent to 43 percent, while District 6 incumbent Max Burdick, who is in real estate, won with a 62 percent to 38 percent advantage over Paul Recanzone.
Tribune reporter Aaron Falk contributed to this article