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Biskupski, Becker Square off One Last Time Before Election Day

Salt Lake City resident Thomas Cantrell appreciated the lack of mudslinging in last night’s debate. He’s still undecided but says he’d feel much more comfortable, “If I could find a legal way to vote for both,” Cantrell says humorously.

Thousands of residents have already used the city’s new vote-by-mail system to cast their ballots but others are still on the fence.

Challenger Jackie Biskupski wants to tackle homelessness, the city’s affordable housing shortage, and the need for a quality city transit system, issues she says Mayor Ralph Becker has taken too long to deal with.

“We have seen over a dozen initiatives come forward this year through the mayor’s office,” Biskupski says. “Things that should have been an initiative eight years ago.”

Mayor Becker says a vote for him is a vote to maintain positive momentum in the city. He argues Salt Lake City’s economy is thriving and chronic homelessness and Veterans homelessness has been virtually eliminated.

“Let’s complete the transition that we have underway to a great American city,” Becker says. “I ask for your vote to let me finish the job.”

The debate was hosted by the Salt Lake Tribune and streamed live on KCPW from the Salt Lake City Public Library. Ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 2nd. They can also be dropped at ballot dropbox locations throughout the county on Election Day.

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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