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One race too close to tell

Article Date: 
9 November, 2012 (All day)

In both of Morgan’s only contested local races, the incumbents came out on top—so far.  In the Morgan County School Board Precinct 1 race, Jody V. Hipwell beat out opponent Lydia Nuttall by just 23 votes.  Although the final count Tuesday was 418 to 395, county officials are waiting until Nov. 20 to count all absentee and provisional ballots.  Precinct 1 has 28 provisional ballots and 12 absentee ballots, or 40 votes that could still make a difference.  
For the backyard neighbors Hipwell and Nuttall, it has been an interesting race from the primary vote earlier this year until Election Day.  And the suspense will continue for another couple of weeks.
“I will be glad when it is all finished and done,” Hipwell said.
“It is another two weeks of limbo that will be wearing on both of us,” Nuttall said.
To come within 23 votes of her incumbent opponent—who had garnered endorsements from both the Morgan Education Association and Morgan Education Foundation, as well as a dozen local prominent residents—is a feat in itself, Nuttall said.
“This has been a huge chunk of my life, of my family’s life,” said Nuttall, who has been campaigning since April.  “It is fun to be a part of this.” 
For School Board District 3, incumbent Ken A Durrant won with 427 votes over Clay Ivan Rich’s 295 votes.
Daryl Ballantyne, representing district 4, and Richard Logan Wilde, representing the county at-large, will both be new faces on the Morgan County Council in January.  Both ran unopposed.  Robert Kilmer will return to the council, but this time representing district 3.  Neil Carrigan will return to the Morgan County School Board representing district 5.
Some 76.5 percent of Morgan voters—or 4,413 out of 5,768 registered voters—came out to the polls this year.  Of those, 1,402 voted straight party, 88 percent for Republican and 10 percent for Democrat.
Morgan voters followed state trends, 89 percent voting for presidential candidate Mitt Romney and 9 percent voting to re-elect President Barack Obama.  Morgan ballot-casters voted to re-elect Sen. Orrin Hatch (76 percent), Rep. Rob Bishop (81 percent), Gov. Gary R. Herbert (81 percent), Sen. Allen Christensen (81 percent), and Rep. Melvin R. Brown (99 percent).
For more detailed Morgan County voter results, visit