Becker and Buhler Move on in Run for SLC Mayor

Becker and Buhler Move on in Run for SLC Mayor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State Rep. Ralph Becker and former state senator Dave Buhler came out on top in the primary election Tuesday for Salt Lake City mayor.

The mayor's race is technically nonpartisan, and the top two vote-getters in the primary will run in the general election Nov. 6.

Becker, Democratic minority leader in the House, received 38.5 percent of the vote. City Council member Dave Buhler, a Republican, finished with 28 percent, while County Council member Jenny Wilson, a Democrat, had more than 23 percent.

In fourth place was Republican-turned-Independent Keith Christensen with more than 8 percent.

Buhler is a former state senator making his second run for mayor. He lost in 1991 to DeeDee Corradini.

Christensen led in money raised for the race. He also won the endorsement of Anderson, who decided not to seek a third term.

Surgeon J.P. Hughes had more than 1 percent of the vote.

None of the other four candidates had received 1 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. They are John Renteria, Rainer Huck, Quinn Cady McDonough and Robert "Lot" Muscheck.

Salt Lake City last elected a Republican mayor in 1971 -- Jake Garn -- who went on to serve in the U.S. Senate.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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