With just 17 percent turnout, and the highest number of those coming from mail-in ballots, Box Elder County residents cast their votes in the Primary Tuesday, putting Jeff Hadfield on the November ballot for County Commission Seat A, with no opposition. He won by a very narrow margin against Jeff Kent, with the final tally at 2081 to 2002 votes. Hadfield’s bulk of votes came from the south end of the county, parts of Brigham City, Corinne, Willard and Perry, his home town. Kent, of Tremonton, had resounding victories in the north end, but the turnout and totals weren’t enough to give him the win.
In the race for sheriff, incumbent Lynn Yeates held a comfortable lead over opponent Darren Phelps throughout most of the evening, giving him another four years in office. Phelps, who once worked for the county’s department, garnered a decent number of votes countywide, just not enough to put the newcomer in the sheriff’s seat. Yeates took 2352 votes, compared to 1711 for Phelps.
A breakdown of voter turnout by community will be in next week’s Leader.