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Salt Lake County Mayor

The Mayor enforces policies established by the County Council by assigning work in the executive branch including Public Works, Human Services, and Community and Support Services as well as exercising power of veto.The mayor oversees executive branch relations with the County Council, including ordinance and policy recommendations, the steering committee, and executive responsibilities regarding council advice and consent.The mayor oversees executive branch relations with the County Council, including ordinance and policy recommendations, the steering committee, and executive responsibilities regarding council advice and consent.The mayor oversees and establishes standards and procedures to process and execute county contracts and claims against the county.The mayor oversees county administrative law judge services and contracts.The mayor issues executive orders in accordance with the provisions of state law and the Optional Plan of Salt Lake County Government.

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  • Michael W.Cundick
    (Gre)

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    Trent Staggs
    (Rep)

  • Jenny Wilson
    (Dem)

How will the current pandemic affect county finances and taxation, including budget cuts and plans for new voting machines?

As the county’s population swells, how will you deal with issues of growth, including housing density, affordable housing and transportation? Do you believe Olympia Hills should move forward?

How would you as mayor plan on addressing air quality issues in the county, including transparency and environmental protections associated with the Inland Port?

How would you strengthen the social safety net with respect to mental health, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence?

Have you signed the Pledge for Election integrity? https://www.thinkb4utweet.com/pledge-for-election-integrity

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COVID-19 caused a loss of about $70 - $90 million in revenue for the county. While this will cause us to tighten our belt, I firmly believe that we can weather this storm without cutting essential services. The county's general fund has grown by nearly 30% in just the past 5 years. With such rapid growth in revenue and spending, there is certainly plenty of room for cuts to ensure the county continues to function at its full potential and provide residents with the services that they need.
Smart growth is the number one issue of my campaign. I believe that high density housing should be focused around TRAX, highways, and large infrastructure at the center of the county, with more residential and single-family homes being built as you move out from the center. That diversity of housing options is critical to driving down the cost of housing in the Salt Lake Valley. Additionally we need to reform zoning laws to allow the supply of housing to meet demand and allow prices of homes to fall. We need to make sure that every member of the county has access to public transportation and begin the discussion of making bus services free. I do not support Olympia Hills because it has no plan for infrastructure, transit, new schools in the area, and will make air quality worse by putting more cars on the road and not having a plan to mitigate those negative impacts on the community. I support building more homes, but developments must be built responsibly.
As Salt Lake County Mayor I will lead out on a comprehensive teleworking plan to move jobs from the corporate office to the home office. We need a plan with metrics and a timeline to make sure that we are consistently taking cars off the road. Emissions from cars are the number one source of air pollution. Additionally, we must update all county owned vehicles and buildings to ensure that they are energy efficient and not polluting the air.

A chief concern regarding the inland port is the increased traffic and pollution from semi-trucks that we will see on Utah roads. I will work with county and state leaders to find solutions to this problem. This may be building additional roadways to keep trucks out of the valley as much as possible or other options. Transparency is a necessity when discussing this issue and I want to bring all sides to the table to discuss solutions.
Addressing domestic violence, mental health, homelessness, and addiction doesn't start when a problem begins. It starts much earlier. We must create programs in public schools that address each of these issues and place children on a path that prevents them from ever happening. We need to invest in education programs that train more mental health professionals in our state while allowing more people to get the treatment that they need. This will decrease our suicide rate and the number of domestic violence cases we see in our state.

We need a metrics-based plan to increase the number of homeless individuals that we help attain permanent housing and stability so that our homeless population decreases year after year.

As the Mayor of Riverton, I implemented our city's first opioid take back program to decrease the amount of drugs that move from medicine cabinets to being sold on the streets. The program prevents many from falling victim to a lifetime of addiction.
Yes. I strongly believe in the principles in the pledge of election integrity and was excited to sign the pledge.
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