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Salt Lake City Mayor

Salt Lake City mayoral race.

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  • Jim Dabakis

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    Luz Escamilla

  • David Garbett

  • Richard Goldberger

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    Rainier Huck

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    David Ibarra

  • Erin Mendenhall

  • Stan Penfold

Biographical Information

What professional and personal experience do you have that qualify you to be the best candidate for Salt Lake City mayor?

What are your top two priorities for Salt Lake City and why?

Assess the recent performance of the Salt Lake City mayor and what changes, if any, you would make and why?

How do you intend to protect our environment and open spaces given our continued growth. Please address specifically the competing interests in the Inland Port.

How do you plan to address the issue of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in Salt Lake City?

What do you see as the diverse needs of Salt Lake communities and how would you address those?

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Campaign Website http://www.luzformayor.com
Twitter Profile @luzformayor
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LuzforMayor/
Age 41
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I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Utah and for the last 11 years I have been serving as a state senator representing senate district 1. I have experience both in the private and public sector and have previously worked for non profit organizations like Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Utah Issues, and the Disability Law Center. I also worked for Governor Huntsman’s administration as the Director of the State Office of Ethnic Affairs. For the last 13 years I have been working for Zions Bank in different capacities assisting business in our state.
Sustainability and collaboration are my top two priorities for Salt Lake City. Using the lens of sustainability on all issues we can think about smart, sustainable growth. As a capitol city Salt Lake City needs to collaborate in order to succeed.
The current mayor in her tenure developed research based consensus plans on the Transit Master Plan, the Affordable Housing Master plan, and addressed the homelessness crisis and these are all a good start for whoever the new mayor is come January. We can improve on the relationships between the mayor’s office and city council as well as with the state, which are critical to work as a united front. The relationship with the state government and legislature as a whole could improve and I have the ability to do that.
As mayor I will make sure that these issues are being faced and our open spaces are being protected. I think that the most important issues facing our open spaces are: -watershed protection -public land protection - equity in recreation access and transportation: the mountains are facing congestion and accessibility issues.

I have opposed the inland port legislation and spoken against it. As the mayor I will engage in conversations to address the tax increment and land use authority that was removed from the city. I will always stand strong for Salt Lake City values like I have done for the last 11 years.
Expanding resources and services to address homelessness will require our city work in collaboration with a number of stakeholders, including the state, Salt Lake County, nonprofits, and residents, to find new ways of addressing this long standing issue. We need to collect adequate and accurate data to measure the success of the plans that we implement. We need to ensure that the different communities within the population that is experiencing homelessness are all being addressed. The city has several entities that play a role in affordable housing, including the city's Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City (HASLC). We need to coordinate the city's collective efforts and collaborate with the state and county to effectively address the issue of affordable housing.
I will be the mayor that includes ALL and empowers them to participate in city government by bringing city hall to neighborhoods. In order to do this we need to have meetings in neighborhoods and be prepared to engage by providing interpreting services if needed or childcare if needed. As mayor I will address issues of inequality and disparities that some pockets of our pop are facing in a systemic way.

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Campaign Website http://votehuck.com
Age 73
I have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering which gives me the ability to think logically and devise rational solutions to problems. I do not accept contributions so as to remain free of special interest pressure. I'm the only candidate with solutions to real problems that affect the working people of SLC on a daily basis
Top priority is to stop police violence and killings. Last year in Utah Police shot and killed 19 people, more than the criminals shot and killed. This has got to stop! There is no place in a civilized society for police that can kill with impunity and face no consequences. Also, we need to stop arresting and jailing so many people. No more arrests for victimless crimes or for DUI under .15 BAC.

Second: Homeless. The current 3 shelters are woefully inadequate and over priced, at $86,000 per person. I will build a beautiful homeless campus that will provide medical facilities, food service, sanitation facilities for year round living for $3,000/person.
Jacki was in over her head. During her reign the badly managed airport project was initiated, going from $1.8 billion to over $4 Billion now. SLC tax payers could well be on the hook for this. Then there is the environmental devastation that will be caused by the demolition of the existing parking structure and terminals. I will save these buildings if elected

Jacki has not controlled the police. Under her administration police violence has gone off the chart. I will once again make the police the protectors of the public, not predators on the public
The inland port is a state project and the state holds all the cards. I would immediately end the wasteful lawsuit against the state. This is a "trojan horse" issue because it has very little bearing on the working people of SLC.
Lack of affordable housing is due, in large part, to the huge costs and delays the city imposes on new construction. I would make building and zoning much more customer friendly, reducing or eliminating many fees. When I put roof top solar on my home the permit took 3 months to get and cost $1,000. This is ridiculous.

For homeless issue, see above. I'm the only candidate proposing the homeless campus with will treat the homeless with dignity and provide for them until they are able to return to society.
Most of the problems are due to excessive taxation and regulation by the city. The recent 1/2% tax increase to buy 50 unneeded police is a good example. This tax hits the poorest the hardest. Also, I would rescind the recent 10% budget increase. We need some fiscal sanity in the management of our city.
Campaign Website http://www.ibarra4mayor.com/
Twitter Profile @ibarra4mayor
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ibarra4mayor/
Age 67
You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE1kg91cfSGSqgm_jXNgZRQ
I was born in Salt Lake City and raised by Salt Lake City. I was in foster care for most of my youth from age 1-14 years old. Salt Lake City was my playground growing up. At the age of 18, I became a dishwasher and quickly worked my way to becoming the Director of National Training for Marriott Corporation. At the age of 28, I opened my first business and began dedicated mu time-tithing to mentoring youth. As a business leader, I have had the opportunity to serve on several government boards. I am a lifelong progressive Democrat and was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. I’ve also served as a board member for the Salt Lake International Airport, Utah Private Industry Council, Central Region Council of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Latino Leaders Network and Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I am the only candidate with executive experience that knows how to lead our city.
My priorities for Salt Lake City are to help reduce the carbon emissions in our air and to revise zoning policies to help our affordable housing crisis. All of our issues are interconnected and no issue can be solved alone. To help our city become a beautiful, livable, prosperous city we need to immediately implement a plan to build 80,000 homes over the next decade. This will significantly impact the reduction of pollutants in our air caused by the 200,000 commuters that leave and enter our city everyday. As mayor, I will encourage green spaces and walkable areas in the development of our city.
Our city has been left without leadership at the table. Many mistakes have been made and as mayor, I will never leave the table angry, upset or name-calling. As an advocate and liaison for our city, I will work to negotiate with the county and state to fix our city’s problems.
Our city and green spaces are precious. They are what make Salt Lake City special. We need specific zoning that protects these spaces and keeps our city accountable for the maintenance. We cannot leave our city with failing infrastructure and need to take responsibility over the beautiful culture, history and land. There are lots of opportunities to make more green spaces. The inland port should not be built without a net-zero impact. There are ways to mitigate the emissions from producing such a port such as offsetting with affordable housing and reduction of carbon emissions directly from vehicles. No business should come at the health of city residents.
As mayor I will be an active and supportive partner of the Utah Homeless Coordinating Committee. Upon the opening of all three new resource centers,City Hall must quickly assess their effectiveness in reducing the number of people experiencing hopelessness and sleeping on our streets. I will make sure we provide safe, welcoming (and bed-bug-free) shelter, warmth, nutrition, work-counseling, work-placement, mental health care, and medical care for homeless men, women and children. I will effectively address the shelter resistant population. It is inhumane to have people sleeping on our streets, and it is not good for communities to have people living on our streets. “Functional zero” people living on our streets can be achieved. As Mayor, I will not hit the restart button on our affordable housing plan that would cause the loss of precious time. We need zoning changes to help increase our affordable housing development.
Our communities - especially those on the West Side have been kept away from the table of our city for far too long. We need to address the intersectionality of our issues and how they disproportionately affect our city. From homelessness, clean air, affordable housing and economic development, our city is not the same from east to west. We need to address city infrastructure with a perspective of accessibility for our elderly, ADA and socio-economic perspective. There are many more issues to address and we can start by allocating budget equitably to take direct action in our city. Salt Lake City can keep the integrity and history of its neighborhoods while helping progress our city forward together.
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