Kane County voters turned out Commissioner Jim Matson, who was slammed in a state audit last year for allegedly self-dealing by serving as a paid trustee on a special district board and contracting with a consulting firm he owned.
A criminal investigation ended without charges, but Matson was crushed 2-1 by challenger Brent Chamberlain in his GOP primary re-election bid Tuesday.
In Millard County, attorney/rancher/writer/political activist Todd Macfarlane finished third in a three-way county commission GOP race for the Republican nomination that was handily won by Evelyn Warnick.
Tanner Ainge, who finished third in last year’s 3rd Congressional District GOP primary, is back — this time as the likely next Utah County commissioner after winning the Tuesday runoff with 70 percent of the vote.
There is no Democrat in the race, so Ainge, a financial adviser and the son of Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, will face United Utah Party candidate Teri McCabe in November.
The open seat is a result of besieged Commissioner Greg Graves’ decision not to seek re-election to a second term.