Four candidates advance while three are eliminated from the council race in Providence. With two council seats up for grabs, those currently occupied by Kathy Baker and Dale Astle, the top four vote-getters in Providence advance to the general election, which will be held on November 3. Ralph Call either received the most votes or was tied for the most votes in each precinct, thereby securing the most votes overall (312) of any candidate. Don Calderwood came in second (231) with Dale Astle (196) and Kathy Baker (162) finishing out the other top four. “Now the real work begins,” said Baker after all the votes were tallied Tuesday night. Baker is running as an incumbent. To some degree, so is Astle who is finishing the term of Trent Rasmussen who moved away from Providence. Carrie Kirk (127), Wendy Simmons (81) and Dee Barnes (57) were eliminated by not receiving enough votes to be in the top four and move on to the general election. Of 4,660 registered voters in Providence, onlly 604 voted in the primary election on Tuesday, which means only 13% cast a vote. These election results are unofficial, because Providence City still needs to count all the provisional ballots that were cast and have them canvassed by Cache County. A Meet the Candidates debate has been scheduled for October 15 and will feature the four candidates for city council as well as candidates for mayor, Ron Liechty and Lance Campbell.
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