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Utah Sen. Derek Kitchen concedes primary race to his opponent; other out-of-race holders

Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City, questions a bill at the Utah Legislature in Salt Lake City on March 4. Salt Lake County finalized the results of its primary election Tuesday night, setting the stage for an upheaval in the Legislative Assembly minority. party like Kitchen and Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, were ousted by competitors. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County finalized its primary election results Tuesday night, paving the way for a reshuffling of the Legislature’s minority party as Senators Derek Kitchen and Gene Davis were ousted by contenders.

Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City, lost the bid to pediatrician Jen Plumb by less than a percentage point.

“After two weeks of waiting and waiting for the results of the primary election, today the county clerk finalized the count. I lost this election by 61 votes,” Kitchen said on Twitter, qualifying the “nail biter” race.

Plumb received 4,383 votes and Kitchen received 4,322 votes.

Kitchen is the only openly gay lawmaker and one of the youngest currently serving in the Utah legislature. He joined the Senate in 2018.

Although he said he was “obviously disappointed” with the results, he is proud of his campaign.

“We recruited new voters, recruited new volunteers and trained new organizers. We knocked on 17,465 doors. We made 11,300 phone calls, sent 58,880 text messages, Kitchen said, adding that his campaign aides registered nearly 500 teams of volunteers.

“While I am sad that I cannot continue to fight for our community in the Senate, I am still committed to the work of electing progressive candidates in Utah. We need politicians who will fight for the families of workers, society & climate justice & housing,” Kitchen tweeted.

Plumb expressed her gratitude to voters for choosing her to represent the Democratic Party in the November general election.

“Words cannot begin to describe the joy I feel tonight. I am grateful to the people of Senate District 9 for trusting me. I promise to deliver results for them, their families, our neighborhoods and our thank you, people of Senate District 9,” she said in a statement Tuesday.

Davis, D-Salt Lake City, who served as leader of the minority party, lost to opponent Nate Blouin, a renewable energy advocate, by a wide margin. Blouin received 4,469 votes and 1,420 votes were counted for Davis.

Davis has served in the Senate since 1999.

“I look forward to working with @jennifer_plumb and @steph_pitcher and am absolutely certain @derekkitchen will continue to be an amazing community advocate,” Blouin tweeted.

Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Among other notable runs in Salt Lake County, challenger Sheldon Stewart defeated incumbent Councilor Steve Debry, with 12,838 votes for Stewart and 9,873 for DeBry.

Meanwhile, Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt lost by a wide margin to challenger Jeff Gray. Leavitt conceded after the first results were released.

Here are the final results of the State School Board legislative and primary elections in Utah:

State Senators

WARD 5

Weber, Morgan Counties

  • Ann Millner (R-inc.): 6,588, 57.45%
  • Doug Durbano (right): 4,880, 42.55%

DISTRICT 6

Davis County

  • Jerry Stevenson (R-inc.): 7,542, 61.29%
  • Betty Young (R): 4,764, 38.71%

DISTRICT 9

Salt Lake County

  • Derek Kitchen (D-inc.): 4,322, 49.65%
  • Jen Plumb (D): 4,383, 50.35%

DISTRICT 13

Salt Lake County

  • Gene Davis (D-inc): 1,420, 24.11%
  • Nate Blouin (D): 4,469, 75.89%

DISTRICT 14

Salt Lake County

  • Stephanie Pitcher (D-inc.): 5,786, 79.99%
  • Deondra Brown (D): 1,447, 20.01%

DISTRICT 23

Utah County

  • Keith Grover (R-inc.): 8,833, 69.53%
  • Brandon Beckham (R): 3,870, 30.47%

DISTRICT 28

Washington, Iron, Beaver, Millard, and Juab counties

  • Evan Vickers (R-inc.): 13,507, 70.24%
  • Patrick Larson (D): 5,724, 29.76%

State representatives

DISTRICT 2

Cache County

  • Mike Petersen (R-inc.): 3,291, 54.04%
  • Val Potter (R): 2,799, 45.96%

DISTRICT 4

Summit, Morgan, and Wealthy Counties

  • Kera Birkeland (R-inc.): 4,379, 60.83%
  • Blocker Raelene (R): 2,820, 39.17%

WARD 8

Morgan and Weber Counties

  • Jason Kyle (R): 3,121, 61.47%
  • Kimberly Cozzens (right): 1,956, 38.53%

WARD 10

Weber County

  • Jill Kofford (right): 2,143, 56.98%
  • Lorraine Brown (R): 1,618, 43.02%

WARD 11

Weber and Davis counties

  • Kelly Miles (R-inc.): 1,814, 38.13%
  • Katy Hall (R): 2,943, 61.87%

DISTRICT 18

Davis County

  • Alena Ericksen (D): 3,063, 39.78%
  • Paul Cutler (D): 4,636, 60.22%

DISTRICT 19

Davis County

  • Ray Ward (R-inc.): 5,054, 59.44%
  • Lyle Mason (right): 3,448, 40.56%

DISTRICT 20

Davis County

  • Melissa Garff Ballard (R-inc.): 3,733, 65.13%
  • Ronald Mortensen (R): 1,999, 34.87%

DISTRICT 29

Tooele, Millard and Juab counties

  • Bridger Bolinder (R): 4,006, 60.43%
  • Mark Huntsman (D): 2,623, 39.57%

DISTRICT 41

Salt Lake County

  • Steve Aste (D): 2,613, 57.36%
  • Wayne Gary Sandberg (right): 3,515, 57.36%

DISTRICT 45

Salt Lake County

  • Susan Pulsipher (R-inc.): 3,818, 63.31%
  • Rich Cunningham (D): 2,213, 36.69%

DISTRICT 46

Salt Lake County

  • Jeff Stenquist (R-inc.): 3,203, 52.40%
  • Carolyn Phippen (right): 2,910, 47.60%

DISTRICT 67

Duchesne, Carbon and Emery counties

  • Christin Watkins (R-inc.): 3,509, 53.51%
  • Tom Hansen (D): 3,049, 46.49%

DISTRICT 72

Washington County

  • Joseph Elison (right): 4,131, 50.04%
  • Willie Billings (R): 4,124, 49.96%

DISTRICT 73

Washington County

  • Nina Barnes (right): 2,480, 36.74%
  • Colin Jack (R): 4,270, 63.26%

DISTRICT 74

Washington County

  • Kristy Pike (right): 3,439, 36.64%
  • R. Neil Walter (R): 5,948, 63.36%

state school board

DISTRICT 4

Davis, Salt Lake Counties

  • Melanie Mortensen (R): 15,466, 48.31%
  • LeAnn Wood (R): 16,546, 51.69%

WARD 11

Salt Lake, Utah Counties

  • Cindy Davis (R-inc.): 15,254, 52.07%
  • Kim Del Grosso (right): 14,043, 47.93%

Utah County Attorney

  • David Leavitt (R-inc): 19,580, 25.87%
  • Jeff Gray (R): 56,113, 74.13%

Salt Lake County Council

  • Steve DeBry (R-inc.): 9,873, 43.47%
  • Sheldon Stewart (right): 12,838, 56.53%

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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