Hot election races decided
Voters in Alta turned out on Tuesday to essentially cast their ballots for the future of their city.
The mayor's position and three city council seats were up for grabs, with two candidates running for mayor and eight for city council.
Courtney Lytle won the mayor's race over Ron Gullickson and a kate write-in campaign by Richard "Curly" Morris.
Lytle received 305 votes (60.88 percent) to Gullickson's 73 and Morris' 123. Lytle will take over the mayor's position from Ed Buckendahl.
Morris received his support through a last-minute, organized write-in campaign from Alta citizens.
In the city council race, Michael Holton led the voting with 300 tallies (21.10 percent) to retain his present council seat.
Bruce Frederick was next with 287 votes to earn a seat, and Molly Elston took the third open spot with 181 votes. Frederick and Elston are newcomers to the council.
Susan Piercy was next in the field with 174 votes. Incumbent Veronica McFadden lost her bid for re-election, coming in fifth in the voting with 168 votes.
Following her were Kenneth Carter with 109, Mark Van Hooser with 108 and Chris Ledoux with 90.
In running for mayor, Gullickson gave up his current city council seat to a newly-elected member.
Dr. Brian Walsh and Bruce McGowan round out the five-member Alta city council.
"I'm excited that I'll have the opportunity to help Alta continue moving in the right direction," Elston said Wednesday morning. "I think the people who have served did an excellent job, and I'll continue to do that."
"Oh, I think it's wonderful," Holton said. "I had experience, and I think I just take a good common sense approach to things.
"I think the biggest thing is changing attitudes and letting people know that we're there to listen to them."