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We hear so much from the presidential candidates for next year it can be easy to forget that Utah's largest city gets a new mayor this year. In fact those doing early voting in the primary have already picked their top candidates.
This morning I went to a debate sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber, with the top four candidates in the polls. Here they are in alphabetical order: Ralph Becker, Dave Buhler, Keith Christensen and Jenny Wilson. A panel of business leaders asked the candidates questions, and Channel Five's Nadine Wimmer moderated it. The parts I heard, in between running out to the radio truck for my reports at 7:30, 8 and 8:30, were very interesting. In some ways the candidates have similar ideas for Salt Lake and business, in other ways they are different.
A big topic was construction, and making sure people know downtown is "still open for business." The first two years of the new mayor's term will have the City Creek Center construction. Also all the Trax projects are going, and the candidates talked about the airport line. Anyway should be interesting to see who gets through the primary.