Rocky Anderson announces bid to run for SLC mayor in 2023

Nov 30, 2022, 7:30 PM

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson wants his old job back. ...

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is flanked by supporters as he announces that he is once again running for mayor during an event at Cake Salon in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Photo credit: Spenser Heaps/Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson wants his old job back. 

Anderson made it official on Wednesday by announcing his candidacy for the 2023 mayoral race. He gave a speech at Cake Salon, located at 1010 S. State Street, declaring his interest in taking his old job.

Anderson previously served as Salt Lake City mayor from 2000 to 2008. In August, he told KSL NewsRadio that he was planning to run for mayor again.

Rocky Anderson wants his old job as mayor back

Anderson cites crime and homelessness as a reason for his interest in seeking reelection.

“Now Salt Lake City is listed among the most dangerous cities in the country,” Anderson said in his speech Wednesday. “Our city – my home for almost my entire adult life and a place I’ve always loved – is degraded, filthy in so many areas, unaffordable for most people, and experiencing the failures of homelessness policies that have wholly ignored best practices.”

The former mayor also cited the climate crisis as a threat to life on earth during his speech. He says it’s an issue that requires urgent measures from effective leadership.

“We must all provide effective leadership in whatever ways we can to achieve meaningful and urgent climate protection measures,” he said. 

During his time as mayor, Salt Lake City won the World Leadership Award in for its environmental programs.

In his effort to reduce crime, Anderson says there will be a goal for police to respond to Priority 1 calls in 6 minutes or less. As of May 2022, response times to Priority 1 calls were more than 10 minutes. 

Additionally, Anderson says he plans to restore the City Prosecutor’s Office. 

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Rocky Anderson announces bid to run for SLC mayor in 2023