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McAdams Will Not Make An Endorsement In Salt Lake County Mayor Race

Congressman Ben McAdams
Kelsie Moore / KUER
Congressman Ben McAdams has decided not to endorse a candidate in the race to replace him as Salt Lake County mayor.

Rep. Ben McAdams says he will not publicly endorse any of the three candidates currently running to replace him as mayor of Salt Lake County.

Those candidates are current county councilmembers Jenny Wilson and Arlyn Bradshaw as well as Shireen Ghorbani. Wilson mounted an unsuccessful Senate campaign against Mitt Romney last year, while Bradshaw recently won re-election to the council. Ghorbani in November lost a grassroots congressional campaign against Rep. Chris Stewart.


“They’re all different candidates,” McAdams said last week on his first day in Congress. “They all have different qualities that they (would) bring to the job. I think any one of them would do a good job.”

Members of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party's Central Committee will choose a replacement to finish the last two years of McAdams’ term on Saturday, Jan. 26.

McAdams served six years as county mayor and was previously a state senator. He defeated Mia Love by a fraction of a percent in a closely-watched race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

The freshman Congressman is also a member of the Central Committee and will cast a vote for his replacement. But he says he’ll keep that vote private.


“I’m just going to look forward to seeing who’s selected,” he said.

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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