For the first time in over 80 years the Carbon County Commission will be made up of a majority of Republicans after the results of Tuesday's election were announced.
Casey Hopes defeated Democrat Mikel Johnson 3,904 to 3,265 to take the four year commission seat that had been in Democratic hands since Herbert Hoover was President. Hopes will join fellow Republican Jae Potter, who was elected two years ago, being the first Republican elected to a county office since the 1940s.
In another stunning election night race, Republican Jerry B. Anderson beat out Democrat Christine Watkins for the District 69 Utah House seat, 6,243 to 5,958. Watkins, the only Democrat from a rural district in Utah, had served three terms in the House. Changes in the district's boundaries last year took away some of Watkins' support from San Juan County and in turn part of Duchesne County was added to the district. In Carbon itself Watkins won 4,305 to 2,847. But Duchesne went largely Republican with 2,416 votes for Anderson over Watkins 782. Emery County voters also went for Anderson 256 to 125. Grand County gave Watkins the nod with 746 votes to Anderson's 724.
This will be the first time that all of Carbon County will be represented by a Republican house member since the 1930s.
In U.S. House District 3 Jason Chaffetz easily defeated Democrat Soren Simonsen 180,760 to 55, 879. Carbon as a county also went for Chaffetz sending him back to Congress with 4,352 votes to Simonsen's 2,651.
While Republican Mitt Romney lost the Presidential election to Barack Obama, in Carbon he took the majority of the votes 4,834 to 2,204.
Similarly Orrin Hatch beat Democrat Scott Howell 4,196 to 2,690 in Carbon, while also holding on to his seat in the U.S. Senate. Hatch will start his seventh term in January.
Incumbent Governor Gary Herbert also won re-election statewide and in Carbon he got a vote of support defeating Peter Cooke 4,652 to 2,410.
Republican State Senator David Hinkins of Orangeville, who represents District 27 (includes Carbon County) also won easily over Michael Binyon of Moab. Hinkin's beat his Democratic opponent 23,769 to 9,283. In Carbon County Hinkins recorded 4,753 votes to Binyon's 2,349.
More details and information about the election can be found in the Thursday edition of the Sun Advocate.