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Salt Lake City's mayor, in many ways, is Utah's mayor.

True, only voters in Salt Lake cast ballots for the person who leads their city. And true, the authority of the mayor of Salt Lake is limited to the municipality he or she is elected to preside over. But, it's also a reality that being mayor of the capital city brings stature and influence beyond the city's boundaries.

It is why KSL believes citizens across the state should take an interest in the race that is developing to replace outgoing Mayor Rocky Anderson.

So far, at least nine candidates have expressed their intention to seek the non-partisan office. It is an impressive group of individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds and with a wealth of experience in both government and the private sector. Most have held elective office, while a few are newcomers to politics.

In KSL's view, such a wide open field is good for the process we're about to witness. Whether it's potholes on Main Street or the city's relationship with neighboring communities, the candidates and the contest will benefit from broad statewide citizen input on the issues that are on voters minds.

Salt Lake City, indeed Utah, needs a mayor that is an effective representative of the city as well as the entire state.

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