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Salt Lake City Councilman James Rogers resigns

Oct 1, 2021, 5:27 PM
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Salt Lake City council member James Rogers speaks during the grand opening of Salt Lake City International Airport’s Central Receiving and Distribution Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. At right is Benjamin Richter, Bradford Airport Logistics founder. Photo credit: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The process to replace a Salt Lake City Council member has begun after the resignation, effective Oct. 4, of Councilman James Rogers.

Rogers, who represents District 1, said that while he had already decided not to run for a third term that his “life circumstances” have changed.

“It has become necessary for me to shift my focus and give my undivided attention to the people that matter the most to me, my children,” said Rogers in a statement provided to the media.

Rogers, who is a two-term member of the Salt Lake City Council, was elected by voters in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.

“For the past eight years, it has been both an honor and a privilege to represent the residents of District 1. I am sincerely grateful for the trust and confidence they placed in me to represent them on this council.”

Three months remain in Rogers’ term, which creates a midterm vacancy. In a statement, the council said it will follow an established process to fill the vacancy by selecting a new council member who will serve through the remainder of Rogers’ term on the first Monday in January 2022.

Application forms will be available at the city recorder’s office. Applicants must meet several requirements, including being registered to vote and being a resident of District 1 for 12 consecutive months prior to the date they are appointed by the City Recorder.

The application window begins Oct. 11 and will end Oct. 29, 2021 at noon.

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