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20 Questions for the candidates.
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Eight candidates are vying to be the next mayor of Salt Lake City. Ahead of the primary election on August 13, we played 20 questions with the contenders to learn more about where they stand on issues like air quality, transportation, homelessness, the inland port and more.

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There have been no new cases of Legionnaires’ disease at a Taylorsville senior living home but residents are still waiting to find out if their water is clean enough to drink.

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Medical staff buzzed around the inside of a new 36-foot-long RV in the parking lot of Utah Partners for Health in Salt Lake City’s Glendale neighborhood on Thursday. Inside, two exam rooms will soon provide a workplace for medical assistants and a registered nurse to treat some of Utah’s most needy.

Utah has 29 counties, but it could get a few more under a bill awaiting debate at the Utah Legislature. A proposal being pushed by Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan would allow communities to break off and form their own county.

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Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson will lead Utah’s most populous county as its first female Democratic mayor after she won a special election Saturday to replace now-Congressman Ben McAdams.

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The moon was still out, but it provided little light to Shawn Spalding while he walked through a park in the Sugar House neighborhood at 4 a.m. on Friday.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon’s early settlers were miners looking to make a fortune. Today’s residents call it home because of the canyon’s rich abundance of lush forest, waterfalls and mountain lakes.

Congressman Ben McAdams
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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.

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Updated 12/3/18 

 

Democrat Shireen Ghorbani announced on Saturday she’ll be running for Salt Lake County mayor, joining Jenny Wilson among candidates interested in completing the term of Congressman-elect Ben McAdams.

In a statement, Ghorbani said she had informed members of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s central committee of her decision before announcing publicly.

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Congressional races and ballot propositions are getting most of the attention in this year’s election cycle, but there are county-level races, too. A handful of top Salt Lake County officials are up for re-election this November, and three Democrats are being challenged by Republicans who work for them. That’s causing some friction in some county offices.

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Salt Lake County's Unified Police Department needs to be more transparent and does not give cities that contract with the force enough information about the services they pay for, making it difficult to hold its managers accountable, according to a state audit released Monday.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams vetoed on Friday the County Council’s recent vote to approve a controversial housing development in the southwest corner of the valley.

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Salt Lake County Councilman and Utah businessman Sam Granato has died after a battle with cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 67 years old.

“Sam passed away peacefully at home this afternoon surrounded by loved ones,” his family said in a statement. “He fought an amazing battle with cancer over two years.”

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Salt Lake County has assembled a group of high-profile attorney’s to take on 19 pharmaceutical companies over their role in the opioid crisis.  

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Dozens of Utahns lined up outside St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in Salt Lake City on Thursday to take advantage of "Expungement Day." Salt Lake County’s new initiative helps some low-level offenders clear their criminal records at no cost.

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The Salt Lake County Council was set to finalize the 2018 budget Tuesday, but they’ve pushed the vote to next week. 

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County officials and trash collectors disagree over a plan to shutter a local waste transfer station. That’s where garbage trucks go so they don’t have to drive to the landfill. The county thinks the closure could save taxpayers money.

Polling Place: A Mailbox Near You

Oct 26, 2017

The Salt Lake County Clerk wants you to vote. Registered voters should have received a ballot to complete and return to Sherrie Swensen’s office.

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Frustrations from Salt Lake County Republicans over the drawn-out investigation into former recorder Gary Ott’s aides is now turning into political back-and-forth.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is proposing reopening the Oxbow county jail to help with a crackdown on crime in the homeless community.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is calling for County Recorder Gary Ott to resign his post following reports of his declining health.

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Salt Lake County Council members challenged County Mayor Ben McAdams Tuesday on the transparency of the process for deciding what homeless populations will occupy the new proposed shelters.

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Salt Lake County officials  offered up on Monday funding to open additional county jail beds to help address crime in the Rio Grande neighborhood.

The Utah Legislature this year set aside $2.8 million to help Salt Lake County free up some jail beds. But because that money isn’t available until July 1st, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says he’s asking the county to put up $700,000 to immediately start moving some inmates to counties that do have jail space.

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Ben McAdams was elected to a second term as Salt Lake County Mayor last November, and all four County Councilmembers up for reelection kept their seats.

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Salt Lake County has officially launched two initiatives that will put hundreds of homeless people into housing and hopefully curb repeated jail stays. 

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City and county officials announced plans to build a new $39 million performing arts center in Taylorsville on Monday.  It will be called the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. 

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The Salt Lake County Council will set aside $250,000 to help preserve five acres of scenic, wildlife habitat in Emigration Canyon.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveiled his proposed 2017 budget on Tuesday.

 

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Salt Lake County Mayoral candidates challenged each other during a candidate forum today.

Salt Lake County officials are worried that County Recorder Gary Ott may no longer be able to do his job because of health issues. But the County Council is struggling to find a mechanism that would allow them to remove him from office.

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