Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell was reelected to his second term in office, and Weber State University Community Education Center Director Luis Lopez was elected to a seat on the Ogden City Council on Tuesday night during the Ogden City municipal elections.
Out of 45 precincts, 8,025 residents voted on the position of Ogden City Mayor. Caldwell won the election with 6,394 votes accounting for 79.68 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Sebastian Benitez who finished with 1,631 votes.
“We were very happy with these results, and it certainly validates that people appreciate the hard work that we’ve put in over the past four years and the direction that the community is heading,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell is very appreciative of his team and is looking forward to continuing the work that is taking place in the downtown area to “highlight Ogden as the unique city that it is.”
In the race for Ogden City Council At Large Seat C, Lopez came away with the victory in the closest race of the night. Lopez received 51.63 percent of the vote, finishing just 258 votes ahead of opponent John Ogden.
“I did not think it was going to be that close. The margin by which we won was a little narrow,” Lopez said. “We had a really good turn out on the celebration. I am honored, and I feel humbled by seeing so many people that helped in the campaign and that are happy and inspired by our win for city council. I’m excited and full of gratitude.”
Lopez is eager to become acquainted with the issues that Ogden faces as well as getting to know his peers. He says he has all confidence in his fellow elected candidates Ben Nadolski, Mike Caldwell and Richard Hyer and is very excited to work alongside them.
Lopez says he is focused on continuing to reach out to the people of Ogden as well as reaching out to community leaders. He says that staying connected to the people is key to solving the issues.
“I can’t wait to get to work and represent our community and hope to accomplish and do great things,” Lopez said.
As the lone candidate, Hyer was elected to the Ogden City Council Municipal Ward 2 seat. In the race for the Ogden City Council Municipal Ward 4 seat, Nadolski won the seat with 2,047 votes. Nadolski defeated Daniel Gladwell who received 1,439 votes.
Weber County Proposition 1 was the only proposition on the ballot on Tuesday for voters. Proposition 1 was successfully passed, receiving 17,475 of the 30,625 total votes (57.06 percent).
Proposition 1 allows the 0.1 percent sales and use tax used to fund the Weber County recreation, arts, museums and parks (R.A.M.P.) program to continue for another 10 years.