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A woman stands at an outside podium with a sign "Mayor-Elect Erin Mendenhall. Salt Lake City."
Nicole Nixon / KUER

On the steps of the Salt Lake City and County Building Thursday morning, Mayor-elect Erin Mendenhall declared victory in the race to lead the city and announced plans for a transition to the mayor’s office.

Photo of Luz Escamilla.
Cami Mondeaux / KUER

State Sen. Luz Escamilla conceded the Salt Lake City mayoral race Wednesday afternoon, handing victory over the capital city’s top post to her opponent, two-term city councilwoman Erin Mendenhall. 

Photo of 2019 Salt Lake City mayoral candidates Erin Mendenhall and Luz Escamilla .
Brian Albers and Renee Bright / For KUER

Salt Lake City mayoral hopeful Erin Mendenhall raised a whopping $301,347 in just under three months, overtaking her opponent Luz Escamilla in fundraising since the Aug.13 primary.

Photo of city building.
Brian Albers / KUER

Interstate 15 and the train tracks that run alongside it cut Salt Lake City in half more ways than one. 

While the freeway is the physical boundary of the city’s west side, where more than a quarter of the population lives, it’s also where, some residents say, many city service end. 

Erin Mendenhall talking with KUER's Nicole Nixon on September 9, 2019.
Renee Bright/KUER

Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall grew up “with a mom who calls herself a hippie and father who passed away when I was a young teenager.”

“I think in a lot of ways, I grew up fast,” she said, “but I also grew up feeling like I could protest, I could attend rallies and I could have my voice heard.”

Nicole Nixon / KUER

Pledging to fight for clean air and smart growth, Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall officially launched her campaign for mayor Sunday afternoon.