Election coverage: Ben McAdams 19

Ben McAdams, mayor of Salt Lake County and Democratic candidate for Utah's 4th Congressional District, hugs Suzanne Harrison, a Democratic candidate hoping to represent District 32 in the Utah House of Representatives, after an election-night watch party held by the Utah Democratic Party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Utah County certified its election results Tuesday, making results official for several races that have been too close to call up until this point.

The final Utah County numbers in the hotly-contested 4th Congressional race added 314 votes from the numbers released Monday morning, for a total of 178,119 votes and 68.2 percent voter turnout.

Of the votes that were in the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Rep. Mia Love took an additional 55 to her Democratic challenger Ben McAdams’ 16. It wasn’t enough for Love to catch McAdams, who had already declared victory Monday night after retaking the lead from Love by 739 votes.

Salt Lake County also canvassed Tuesday afternoon, with a final gap between the two coming in at 694 votes, a 0.26 percent difference. A 0.25 percent difference is needed for a candidate to request a recount. The state conducts a final canvass Monday.

The $69 million Provo Bond passed safely by 422 votes, or 1.82 percent, after having been separated by less than 100 votes during the first few releases of ballots.

The bond will finance a new police and fire headquarters, dispatch center and city hall in downtown Provo, as well as a new fire station on Canyon Road. City leaders have cited seismic safety, need for more space and the cost of repairs on aging buildings as reasons for needing the bond.

“We are excited to see the response of Provo voters to the serious needs of our police, fire and city facilities,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “We appreciate their trust in us and will work hard to develop a facility that will serve Provo residents for decades to come. We are committed to being cost-effective and careful with the tax dollars that are entrusted to us. We will seek citizen input as we move forward in designing the building and redeveloping the current site.”

Another hotly-contested Utah County issue, Orem’s Proposition 5, also managed to come out ahead, by 1,788 votes, or 6.4 percent. The proposition allows for high-density housing to be built near Utah Valley University.

The results also solidify other county wins, including many new faces within county government.

Former Pleasant Grove Police Chief Mike Smith will continue to serve as Utah County Sheriff, having been sworn in in August to replace former Sheriff Jim Tracy, who resigned just before the end of his term. Smith was unopposed in the general election, having beat out multiple other Republican candidates in the convention and primary process.

Republican Tanner Ainge, who previously ran and lost in the 3rd Congressional District special election, will fill the Utah County Commissioner Seat A seat currently held by Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves. He took 81 percent of the vote over United Utah Party opponent Teri McCabe.

Republican Amelia Powers will serve as Utah County Clerk, replacing current clerk Bryan Thompson, who she ousted during the Utah County Republican convention in April. Powers took 82 percent of the vote over Independent American Jason Christensen.

Another new face, Republican David Leavitt, will take over as Utah County Attorney, replacing County Attorney Jeff Buhman, who did not run for office again. Leavitt took 81 percent of the total vote over Libertarian opponent Andrew McCullough.

Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee was elected to his second term in office with 72 percent of the vote over his Democratic opponent Jeanne Bowen.

Katie England covers politics, the environment and courts for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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