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Status quo remains as all three incumbents retain their seats in West Valley City Council elections

Nov 05, 2019 11:34PM ● By Travis Barton

Councilmember Karen Lang won the District 3 election to retain her seat. Councilmember Don Christensen (right) also retained his seat by winning the at-large seat. They are both seen here participating in a hose cutting for Fire Station 71 this past summer. (File photo Travis Barton/City Journals)

By Travis Barton | [email protected]

While nearby cities like Murray have upended the status quo by voting in new council members, West Valley City's council appears to remain as it has the past two years. 

All three incumbents up for reelection hold commanding leads in their respective races. Results are unofficial, but early reports indicate Councilmembers Tom Huynh, Karen Lang and Don Christensen will retain their seats at the council table winning by comfortable margins. 


District 1 saw Huynh prevail against challenger Christiana Tavo 68-32 with the incumbent receiving 830 of the 1,220 votes tallied. Having been initially elected in 2011, Huynh will be serving his third consecutive term in office. 

In District 3, incumbent Lang won by a wider margin over challenger Kaletta Lynch 73-27 with Lang receiving 1,410 of the 1,926 votes tallied. Lang was also elected in 2011, about to embark on her third term. 

Both Huynh and Lang have campaigned to be mayor as well, respectively, with both losing out to current Mayor Ron Bigelow in 2017. 

The at-large seat up for grabs saw Christensen beat challenger Darrell Curtis 58-42 in the closest race of the night. The incumbent was originally elected to the City Council in 2009 before leaving to serve a mission for his church in 2013. He returned in 2015 and was elected again, making this upcoming term his third as a city council member.