In one of Cache County’s most heated Republican primary races in recent memory, Ed Redd came out on top Tuesday night.
The well-known community physician solidly defeated incumbent Rep. David Butterfield by 446 votes, according to the unofficial results posted on the county’s website Tuesday evening. Redd received 1,483 votes (58.8 percent) to Butterfield’s 1,037 votes (41.2 percent) in the Legislative District 4 primary race for the Utah House of Representatives.
“I’m pretty amazed. I didn’t really expect to necessarily win,” Redd said in an interview Tuesday night. “I came into this race not knowing for sure exactly what people were thinking or how they were feeling about the race. I did the best I could to go out and meet people, you know, in their neighborhoods, and I learned a lot from talking to them. That was a great experience.”
Redd credited his supporters, as well as the work of his campaign committee.
“They’ve done a wonderful job of helping me through the process,” said Redd, a former deputy director of the Bear River Health Department who now works as an independent contractor with the agency.
Redd said he’s “humbled” by the support and feels representing District 4 — which covers the majority of Logan — would be a “huge responsibility” if he’s elected in November.
“I want to do the best job I can to reach out to people, to understand what their concerns are and try to be a good representative of them ... if I get elected in November, that is,” he said.
This fall, Redd will square off with Democrat Doug Thompson.
“We’re actually pretty good friends,” Redd said in reference to Thompson. “I’m not in any way assuming that I can just walk into the November election and win it just because — just because I’m a Republican. And so my thoughts are, during the next four to five months, I’m going to spend a lot of time reaching out to people and talking to people.”
Butterfield said Tuesday night he was “disappointed, obviously” with the results.
“We knew it was a tough fight,” he said. “The way I look at it is we ran a good campaign. It was based on principles that I and those who support me believe in.”
Butterfield, the CEO of USU Charter Credit Union, noted that throughout his term in the Legislature, he has tried hard to stay true to his principles.
“I was never going to be a legislator that was afraid to stand on principle or that was afraid to ask hard questions and wade into those discussions,” Butterfield said. “I was never going to do that and try to be safe. I think you have an obligation to your constituents and to the state to ask hard questions, and you know, debate things. ... And so I’m not ashamed at all at my two years of service or the campaign.”
Asked about his future, Butterfield said he remains “passionate” about the issues and ideals that “make our country great.”
He added, “But, you know, I’ve got a career and a business to run and a family. So this is not the center of my universe.”
Butterfield said he will formally endorse Redd for the fall contest. He also called Redd on Tuesday night.
“He mentioned that he has respect for me, and I told him that, you know, I thought he ... obviously was a worthy opponent and ran a good campaign,” Butterfield said. “And I wish him well. I wish him well for our district and the state and hope that he’ll be able to serve us as District 4 citizens well, and I’m sure he will.”
In Redd’s home precinct — 21, which takes in the far northeast corner of Logan — he took 88 percent of the vote.
Butterfield, who lives in precinct 29, near Cliffside in southeast Logan, took 58 percent of the vote there. Other than in his own neighborhood, Butterfield did best in some central Logan neighborhoods.
Of the 27 precincts, Butterfield won six, Redd won 20 and they tied in one — precinct 15, which is in central Logan. Redd won at least 60 percent of the vote in eight precincts.
Of the 33 precincts in Logan, the legislative battle involved 27 of them, excluding 17, 25, 27, 30, 31 and 32, all precincts in northwest Logan and a couple in southwest Logan.