Mayoral Candidates Discuss Their Differences

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Their Differences

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Courtney Orton Reporting The two men who want to be Salt Lake City's next mayor share similarities.

But Monday night on KSL's "Conversation with the Candidates," Ralph Becker and Dave Buhler discussed some of their differences, too.

They spoke about how they are different from current Mayor Rocky Anderson.

"We have lots of plans, but we need someone who can get things done, and that's really my strong suit," said Buhler.

"While I share Mayor Anderson's values on many issues, my style is more of a consensus builder," said Becker.

And on the issue of west-side development, Buhler said, "One of the more specific things we can do is get the airport line to TRAX built, and we need to do that in the right way."

"In terms of development on the west side, it really comes to having good retail developments in our neighborhoods," said Becker.

Both Becker and Buhler say they support the proposition for a new public safety building but are concerned about the cost.

Buhler said, "If I am elected as mayor, I will reqally scrutinize those costs to bring them down as much as responsibly possible. But we really need to support public safety. The fact that we have 911 dispatchers in a building that is not seismically sound really troubles me."

Becker said, "I think it will be time, if I'm elected, to go back and take a look and see if we can phase these, to reduce the impact on our taxpayers at any one time by phasing this one at a time, really reducig the cost to our taxpayers."

KSL will host a conversation on Referendum 1 Wednesday night. Lisa Johnson and Richard Eyre will present arguments. You can submit your questions on the issue at the link on this page.

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