By Taylor Stevens ·
During her six years on the Murray City Council, Diane Turner has gotten used to being the only woman in the room making decisions that affect the day-to-day lives of the municipality’s nearly 50,000 residents.
But that time is soon coming to an end, after Murray voters elected their first female-majority City Council this month in an election that brought historic wins for women across the Wasatch Front.
“I still can’t believe it," Turner said. “I think when you have more women, it changes everything.”
Utah has historically had lower-than-average female representation at all levels of politics. But advocates say it’s important to elect women to public office because they tend to reach across the aisle, compromise more and come up with different solutions than an all-male body would, thanks in part to their different life experiences.
“I’m really excited to see what is to come of it,” Murray City Councilwoman-elect Rosalba Dominguez said of the new council makeup. “I think people were just ready for change — especially in Murray, [which] historically has had men run the city.”
By Shaun Delliskavefirstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time ever, Murray City Council looks like it may soon have a female majority. Initial (unofficial) election results indicate that Kat Martinez will win council district 1’s seat that was formerly held by Dave Nicponski, with a nine percent lead over Jake Pehrson. Rosalba Dominguez holds a smaller lead over Adam Thompson with a five percent lead in district 3, for the seat held by Jim Brass. Brett Hales ran unopposed in District 5.
Voters appeared to be unphased by both Pehrson and Thompson campaigns stating that their opposition raised substantial funds outside of Murray City. If results hold, Martinez and Dominguez would join fellow city councilwoman Diane Turner in January to make up the female majority, along with returning councilmen Hales and Dale Cox.
Martinez is a former middle school teacher and works as a childcare provider trainer for the State of Utah. She has served on the Murray Arts Advisory Council and the Viewmont Elementary Parent-Teacher Association. Dominguez lists her profession as an independent design consultant, and also serves as a member of the Utah Hispanic Advisory Council.
Voters in eastern Murray also voted on the Cottonwood Improvement District Board of Trustees with Mark Katter and Welsey Fisher securing the two at-large seats.