Casey Glade continues to general election for Lehi City Council after recount
After one candidate withdrew from the Lehi City Council race last week, leading to a recount, Utah County announced new election results on Monday.
The six candidates who will compete for three open council seats in November are Paige Albrecht, Michelle Stallings, Heather Newall, Nicole Kunze, Kenneth Roberts and, now, Casey Glade.
Last week, Corey Astill, who was running for City Council, announced he would withdraw from the race to pursue the open state Senate seat left by Lehi Sen. Jacob Anderegg, who announced his resignation earlier this month.
In this year’s primary election, Lehi used a ranked-choice voting system, where voters rank all candidates from their first to last choices, with votes from the least popular candidate being reallocated based on how voters ranked their choices. Multiple rounds of elimination occur until there are twice the number of candidates as seats to be filled.
With Astill, who had come in fourth, quitting the race before all ballots were counted and results certified, the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office directed that votes needed to be re-tabulated with Astill’s name removed.
State law asserts that if a candidate drops out during the ballot-counting phase, the next-highest-ranked candidate — the candidate a voter selected as their next option — will be counted instead.
So if a voter placed Astill, who is no longer in the race, as their first choice, their second choice is counted first during the recount.
In his withdrawal letter, Astill stated he believed the state Legislature would be a better place to address some of the issues in his platform, the main issue being transportation.
“My desire to serve my community wasn’t based on a specific office or even just in Lehi,” he wrote. “It was to solve some of the issues like our transportation needs and lack of East-West corridor options that are largely controlled and funded by the State.”
The Utah Republican Party will meet on Oct. 11 for a special election caucus, where 150 delegates will vote for Anderegg’s replacement who will fill the seat until they face reelection in 2024.
Those interested in running for the state Senate seat have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 to declare they are running and can file for candidacy on the Utah GOP Party’s website.