Sandy » Salt Lake County Republicans set the stage Saturday for a June 22 primary for the countywide Council seat and one legislative race.
Winston Wilkinson will face Richard Snelgrove for the countywide Council nomination. And state Rep. Merlynn Newbold, R-South Jordan, will have a primary against Steven Roberts, a fleet manager for the LDS Church.
Meanwhile, delegates meeting at the South Towne Expo Center rejected incumbent state Rep. Steve Mascaro, R-West Jordan, who had a reputation as a moderate. Instead, 77 percent of the delegates nominated Ken Ivory to the House District 47 seat.
Wilkinson, nominated by West Valley Mayor Mike Winder, said that his life experiences have taught him to stand up for what is right.
"Democrats believe they own this seat," said Wilkinson, a Maryland native and self-described solid conservative. "We must send them a message that Republicans have had enough of their tax-and-spend attitude and we're taking control of the County Council back."
Richard Snelgrove -- former Gov. Olene Walker's pick for the seat -- was nominated by Beau Babka, a Republican convert who is running for County Sheriff against Democrat incumbent Jim Winder.
Snelgrove spoke out against Unified Police Department fees and a taxpayer-funded hotel in Salt Lake City.
"Because of excessive government spending at every level," Snelgrove said, "the quality of life for the next generation is threatened."
In House District 47, in southwest Salt Lake County, delegates overwhelming voted for change by handing a thumping defeat to Mascaro.
"I'm glad I got to serve my community for nine years," the legislator said Saturday afternoon. However, he voiced grave concerns about the direction the new crop of Legislative candidates will head if elected in November.
"As I talked to delegates and asked them what it was about my voting record they did not like, never once could they name a policy or specific laws," Mascaro said. "They said they just needed to make some changes."
Mascaro acknowledged the far-right wing of Utah's GOP questions whether he and other moderates are even Republicans. And several centrist lawmakers have either resigned or have chosen not to seek re-election, he added.
"But the reality is, every survey ever done shows that the majority of Utahns are just right of center," Mascaro said, lamenting that a further tilt to the right on Capitol Hill could leave many without representation.
Ivory, an attorney, had the endorsements of a long list of conservative Republicans, including a number of his colleagues in the Legislature and Congressman Jason Chaffetz. He styles himself as a protector of states' rights against federal encroachment and big government.
In Council District 1, 65 percent of the delegates nominated Steve Harmsen over Gordon Gurr. Harmsen will face the Democrat that emerges from June's primary between Cal Noyce and Arlyn Bradshaw.
In the countywide Council race, Wilkinson, a one-time councilman and former civil-rights chief for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, captured 45 percent of the delegate vote. Former state and county party chairman Snelgrove snapped up 55 percent.
The primary winner will go on to face Democratic nominee and former journalist Holly Mullen. The Council seat is an open one, vacated by the retirement of Jenny Wilson.
In the county Treasurer's race, Wayne Cushing crushed competitors Chad Bennion and Phil Conder to take the Republican nomination. He will face Democrat Bill Anderson in the November general election.
Current Treasurer Larry Richardson did not seek re-election.
In House District 42, Rep. Jim Bird, R-West Jordan, won the nomination with 70 percent of the delegate vote to Myron Burnett's 30 percent.
Republican primary for Salt Lake County Council; Rep. Mascaro out
County Council District B
Richard Snelgrove 55.3 percent
Winston Wilkinson 44.7 percent
County Council No. 1
Steve Harmsen 65 percent
Gordon Gurr 35 percent
Wayne Cushing 62.88 percent
Phil Conder 18.59 percent
Chad Bennion 15.97 percent
District 22: Noel Fields 74.36 percent,
Adam Peeples 25.64 percent.
District 26: Seth Wright 84.62 percent
Tom Vasiliou 15.38 percent.
District 29: Shirene Saddler 100 percent
District 31: Grace Sperry 87 percent
Ryan Zumwalt 13 percent
District 36: Jason Epps 91 percent
Robert Book, 9 percent
District 37: Margrethe Peterson 67.4 percent
Linda Cooper 32.6 percent
District 42: Jim Bird (i) 69.7 percent
Myron Burnett 30.3 percent
District 46: William Clayton 61 percent
Ben Derrick 39 percent
District 47: Ken Ivory 77 percent
Steven Mascaro (i) 23 percent
District 48: Lavar Christensen
*District 50: Steven Roberts 54.55 percent
Merlynn Newbold (i) 45.55 percent
*Goes to June 22 primary