Write-in candidacy fails and incumbents win big in Cache County

Write-in Cache County Treasurer candidate Tyler Pitcher’s efforts proved futile Tuesday as the election of Republican Craig McAllister became official. McAllister won the Republican Primary election in June but after that Pitcher entered the race as a write-in candidate, criticizing the past performance of that office.

Unofficial results are that 88.9 percent voted for McAllister and Pitcher received 8.8 percent. Other county officials were re-elected with large margins.

County Attorney James Swink defeated Chris Daines by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin and District 5 State Representative Curt Webb defeated his Democratic challenger Jeff Turley by a 79 percent to 21 percent margin.

The race between incumbent member of the Cache County School Board Jon Jenkins and Randall Bagley is too close to call. Only five votes separate them. Bagley received 650 votes and Jenkins received 645. Meanwhile, Roger Pulsipher defeated incumbent Bart Baird but incumbent Allen Grunig was re-elected, defeating his challenger Danny Brownell.

In all, 15,521 Cache County residents voted in Tuesday’s election. A report from the Cache County Clerk’s Office shows that of those voters there were 3,519 straight party ticket votes.

Republicans totaled 2,864, Democrats 455, Independent American 132, Libertarian 47, and Constitution Party 21. The county went for all-mail voting this year but voting also took place in the Clerk’s office on election day. There was a long line up of voters during the final hours Tuesday.

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