Proposition I, which would’ve given Kanab citizens the right to vote on a proposed, controversial coal gasification plant in their community, was defeated by 153 votes.

A late campaign by the Republican party seemed to seal the deal in Kanab, leaving many disillusioned concerning government participation.

The measure for the right to vote for/against a coal gasification plant was 906 in favor of Proposition I and 1,059 against.


Despite Utah’s best efforts – President Obama won...again!

In the Presidential election, Kane County numbers favored Governor Mitt Romney, who had more votes than president Barack Obama in Kane County, with 2,463 in favor of Romney (77%), to 718 for Obama. Statewide, Romney gathered 73% of the vote with 671,747 votes to Obama’s 229,463. The rest of the country did not concur, giving President Obama a second term in the White House.

Long-seated Senator Orrin Hatch won the U.S. Senate race, as he did in Kane County, with 2180 votes, to Democratic challenger Scott Howell’s 828. Statewide, it was Hatch with 595,972 to Howell’s 275,880.

Governor Herbert beat his Democratic challenger Peter Cooke in Kane County, 2399-687. Herbert won handily in the statewide election as well, with 624,678 votes to Cooke’s 253,514.

For Attorney General, Republican John Swallow beat Democratic challenger Dee Smith, 2293-697 in Kane County. In all of Utah, Swallow picked up 579,118 votes to 269,893 for Smith.

In the hunt to be U.S. Representative for District 2, Republican Chris Stewart garnered 2238 votes to Jay Seegmiller’s 779. Statewide, it was 139,860 for Stewart and 75,399 for Seegmiller.

The State Treasurer’s race was won by Republican Richard Ellis, with 589,045 votes over Christopher Stout, who had 247,277.

Republican John Dougall won the State Auditor’s race over Mark Sage, outpacing him with 65% of the vote.

Incumbent Mike Noel was re-elected to the Utah State House for District 73, defeating challenger Ty Markham 9,452 to 3,639, getting 72.2% of the vote. Noel didn’t do quite as well in his home county, picking up 1947 votes or 62.2%, to Markham’s 1144 in Kane County.

For Kane County Commission Seat C, Doug Heaton ran unopposed, getting 2,651 votes.

In local Kane County School Board elections for School Board 1, Joe Houston narrowly defeated challenger Adam Rogers, 277-259. For School Board 2, Wendy Allan ran unopposed, receiving 501 votes. Lex Chamberlain ran unopposed for School Board 3, pulling in 524 votes.

In Fredonia, two seats were up for election to the Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District #6. Christine Johnson picked up 366 votes, Sondra Bistline 358 and Jim Goodnow 218.