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Salt Lake County councilwoman concedes race to Republican challenger



SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Councilwoman Shireen Ghorbani, a Democrat, conceded Monday to her Republican challenger Laurie Stringham.

“Team Shireen,” Ghorbani posted on Twitter shortly after Salt Lake County election officials posted another batch of results on Monday. “We came up short in this race.”

Ghorbani trailed behind Stringham by 1,196 votes — out of nearly 509,000 votes cast in the election for one of the Salt Lake County Council’s at-large seats. The margin was just 0.24%.

“I congratulate Laurie Stringham as the next Salt Lake County Councilwoman in this seat,” Ghorbani tweeted.

Stringham, in a Facebook post, said Monday evening Ghorbani called her to concede the race, calling her “gracious and kind.”

“This had to be a difficult thing for her to do,” Stringham wrote. “I am grateful for her service to Salt Lake County.”

Ghorbani’s loss is a tough one for Democrats on the Salt Lake County Council, solidifying Republicans’ majority control on the council. With Stringham’s capture of the seat, she will expand GOP control to 6-3.

Ghorbani’s concession came the same day Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, conceded to Burgess Owens in a close race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

A Democrat, however, will keep control of the mayor’s office. Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson maintained her lead against Republican Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs, who conceded the race against Wilson earlier this month.

Two other Republicans vying for open Salt Lake County Council positions have also been victorious against Democrats in this year’s election, holding onto previously GOP-held seats.

Former South Jordan Mayor Dave Alvord, a Republican, continued to lead Democrat Deborah Gatrell for the council’s District 2 seat as of Monday, with nearly 56% of the vote to 44%.

Republican Dea Theodore also led Democrat Terrie Tapp Hrechkosy, with over 55% of the vote to nearly 45%.

For county assessor, Republican Chris Stavros remains ahead of Democrat Jennifer Fresques, with 50.6% of the vote to 49.4%. For county treasurer, Republican incumbent Wayne Cushing remains in the lead with 52.6% of the vote to Democrat Michael McDonald’s 47.4%.

The official canvass of the county votes is Tuesday.

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