Biskupski to run for second term as Salt Lake City mayor


    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced her candidacy for a second term on Saturday. (Photo: KUTV)

    SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) -- Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced her candidacy for a second term on Saturday.

    Biskupski faces a crowded field of challengers. There are seven people vying to replace her. An August primary will whittle the crowd to two, who will compete head-to-head in November.

    In her speech to supporters, Biskupski touted Salt Lake's recent drop in crime and said her Blue Ribbon Commission has succeeded in gaining commitments from developers to add more affordable housing units.

    She reminded supporters of Salt Lake's status and reputation as an inclusive place with a vibrant culture and appreciation for the arts and lauded the city's effort to host the Olympic Games again in 2030.

    But, her critics said Biskupski is more talk than anything else.

    Former mayor Rocky Anderson, who supported Biskupski in her election bid, now says he will cast his vote elsewhere.

    He said she dropped the ball on the homelessness crisis, as well as concerns about the region's unhealthy air quality.

    "She's way down in the polls for an incumbent mayor," he said. "She's not only in trouble, she's toast."

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