Politics

Worel, Toly & Rubell come out on top in Park City election

PARK CITY, Utah — It appears that Nann Worel will be Park City’s first-ever female mayor. Based on preliminary results released Tuesday night, Park City Councilmember Worel beat incumbent Park City Mayor Andy Beerman.

Worel received 1,855 votes, while Beerman secured 1,164 — a margin of 691 votes.

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“I am humbled and honored to have won the election yesterday,” Worel told TownLift. “I had an amazing team around me that helped with all aspects of the campaign and I am very grateful to them as well as to the voters that put their trust in me.”

She encouraged people to take a look at her first 100 days plan. “It’s ambitious and I’m looking forward to getting to work,” she said.

“I congratulate Nann on her strong campaign victory.  She will have my full support in the transition,” Beerman said in a statement to TownLift. “I believe there was a lot of ‘manufactured outrage’ in this campaign and wish we’d had more opportunity to talk about the pressing issues like growth, traffic and climate. Regardless, I will be rooting for Park City’s success, and wish the incoming administration the best of luck in tackling the big challenges ahead.”

In the Park City Council race, Main Street business owner Tana Toly and business consultant Jeremy Rubell will be taking over the two seats up for grabs. They defeated two-term incumbent Tim Henney.

Toly had an exact 2,000 votes, with Rubell slightly behind at 1,948. Henney won 1,296 votes.

Toly said the campaign “was one of the most rewarding and rollercoaster 6 months of my life. I feel as though I have crammed 4 years of college into 6 months and learned so much about myself, the community, the government and the people. There is still so much to learn and I am excited to dive into learning, researching and serving with grit and compassion.”

She said she wants to focus on uniting the community, transportation, mental health, and seniors.

Rubell told TownLift he wants to focus on several things — process efficiency, digging into how we spend and optimizing value for the dollar, updating the general plan and land management code to reflect results of the 2020 Vision, improving community engagement, and taking a look at some of the major projects like the Arts & Culture District.

Election Night 2021 with Tana Toly, Nann Worel, and Jeremy Rubell.
Election Night 2021 with Tana Toly, Nann Worel, and Jeremy Rubell. Photo: @nonamesaloon

“I felt the campaign was great.  I really wanted to keep it positive.  The very busy City Staff has been fantastic in making time to chat, even all the way back to the early days of the campaign, and they are a very knowledgeable group.  I’m looking forward to working with the team,” Rubell said.

“I’d also more generally like to acknowledge all of the elected officials.  While I didn’t agree with how some things were approached or even some solutions in a few cases, every single one of them is approaching issues in a way that they believe will most benefit our community.”

“I have a lot of respect for that, and specifically want to thank Andy for his support throughout this process.  He never ignored a phone call or a text, was always more than willing to chat, and very clearly cares deeply about our community. We really live in a special place, and I’m unbelievably excited to be part of the next chapter of our future,” he said.

“Sorry to have not been re-elected but feel as though I did what I hoped with my campaign which was to give voters a clear choice while not being attached to the conclusion so long as it was well informed,” Henney said in a statement to TownLift. “Grateful for the good work done over the last 8 years and all that was accomplished. If Tana and Jeremy enjoy the role half as much as I did then they will have a great time on Council.”

Voter turnout came in at roughly 54%, with 3,053 ballots cast out of 5,668 registered voters.

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