Woolf ekes out controller win; Silver dominates treasurer race

May 21, 2014 

Incumbent State Controller Brandon Woolf received 50.9 percent of the GOP vote in his first major race since taking over for former Controller Donna Jones. Jones retired in July 2012 after she was injured in a crash near Heyburn.

Woolf’s challenger, Todd Hatfield, had also challenged Jones in 2010. Tuesday, he received 49.1 percent of the vote in the GOP primary. No Democrats filed for the controller position.

The Democratic primary race for state treasurer was more lopsided, with Deborah Silver taking 84 percent of the vote to W. Lane Startin’s 16 percent. Silver will face incumbent GOP Treasurer Ron Crane in the fall; Crane had no primary opponent.

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