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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.
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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 .
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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. 

Senator Luz Escamilla talks to Nicole Nixon on September 10, 2019.
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As a teenager, Luz Escamilla spent two years crossing the border every day from her hometown in Tijuana to attend high school in San Diego.

She says she had “great parents that value education. As professors themselves in universities in Mexico, they felt that the best quality of education in the world was in the United States."

Nicole Nixon / KUER

Despite stalled negotiations, Rep. Chris Stewart thinks the U.S. House will take up immigration reform in the coming weeks.