ALL NEWS

Mendenhall holds lead in Salt Lake mayoral primary, lower than expected voter turnout

Aug 14, 2019, 7:51 AM
Photo courtesy of Deseret News

Salt Lake mayoral candidate Erin Mendenhall holds a lead in a primary election that saw a lower than normal voter turnout.  Expected frontrunner Jim Dabakis and Luz Escamilla are a close second and third place, with at one time fewer than one-hundred votes hanging in the balance.

University of Utah political science professor Tim Chambless says the low turnout is disappointing.  He says the reason may be due to the election being in the middle of August, with eight candidates and no incumbent to target with potentially negative ads.

“Four years ago, the incumbent was being criticized by four active challengers.  This time we have had a unique situation with candidates who have been very collegial, who have liked each other and have focused on public policy issues rather than personalities,” according to Chambless.

He says the public has been very engaged despite the eventual low turnout of under 50 percent.  The relatively positive campaign for Salt Lake City mayor, he says, has been a nice refreshing change from what we’ve seen nationally.

One of the candidates not quite ready to concede, State Sen. Luz Escamilla, says her campaign is watching the numbers, with only about a hundred votes separating her and challenger Sen. Jim Dabakis.  She says she’s not surprised how close the primary turned out to be so far, with so many good candidates on the ballot.

“I think it speaks volumes about our campaign.  The fact that we have great candidates kept voters deciding up until the last minute.  That reflects how good Salt Lake City is and the importance of having a good mayor for the city,” says Escamilla.

The vote-by-mail primary featured five other candidates, including Rainer Huck, Stan Penfold, Richard Goldberger, David Garbett and David Ibarra.  The top two candidates from Tuesday’s primary election are back on the ballot for the general election November 5th.

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina...
Mark Jones

How much will it take to save the Great Salt Lake?

A bipartisan bill was passed in the U.S. Senate aimed at giving funding toward the study of The Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes in the west.
1 day ago
goblin mode...
Christian Edwards, CNN

‘Goblin mode’ chosen as Oxford word of the year for 2022

According to OUP, the term refers to a behavior which is "self-indulgent, lazy, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations."
1 day ago
free national park...
Aimee Cobabe

Lawsuit against Arches National Park after incident resulting in the death of a woman

A trial is underway after a woman was decapitated at Arches National Park. Her family alleges the park was negligent in not securing a gate that killed her.
1 day ago
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19:  The U.S. Capitol is shown as a looming government shutdown threatens ...
Manu Raju and Phil Mattingly, CNN

Defense bill likely to include end to military Covid vaccine mandate, source says

A massive bill setting defense policy is likely to end the military Covid vaccine mandate, a source familiar with the negotiations tells CNN.
1 day ago
kindergarten gap year...
Tom Haraldsen

Checking in on the status of full-day kindergarten in Utah

Policy analyst with Voices for Utah Children reveals whether full-day kindergarten could be in the cards for next year.
1 day ago
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Actress Kirstie Alley attends the "Kirstie" premiere party at Harlow o...
Dan Heching, Amy Simonson and Taylor Romine, CNN

Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star, dead at 71

Actress Kirstie Alley has died after a brief battle with cancer, her children announced on social media.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Mendenhall holds lead in Salt Lake mayoral primary, lower than expected voter turnout