Salt Lake Mayoral Candidates Discuss Issues Unique to Residents

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Eight candidates appeared on June 26 on stage at the Salt Lake Public Library to highlight their vision and policies for Salt Lake if elected as mayor.

After the filing deadline earlier in June, the official candidates for the Salt Lake City mayoral race include Jim Dabakis, Luz Escamilla, David Garbett, Richard Goldberger, Rainer Huck, David Ibarra, Erin Mendenhall and Stan Penfold. They’re competing for the primary election, which will be held on Aug. 13, and will then be narrowed down to two candidates. The current mayor, Jackie Biskupski, announced she would not seek re-election, which sparked an energetic candidate field.

According to a poll by the debate’s co-host, Alliance for a Better Utah, Dabakis currently leads the candidate pool at 27%, with 34% of voters unsure. The margin of error is 4.5%.

In the beginning, candidates gave a recap of their vision for Salt Lake City and issues they believe were unique to its residents. Abi Olufeko stood in place on behalf of Huck due to health issues that evening, according to an ABU representative. 

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