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Salt Lake County Mayor Race Could Be Close

Salt Lake County Mayor Race Could Be Close

Posted - Oct. 7, 2004 at 9:45 p.m.



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Jed Boal ReportingA seismic shift in the race for Salt Lake County mayor. Just two days after announcing his candidacy a write-in challenger is making a meteoric rise in the polls. Salt Lake County voters say they're ready for change in the top office. And it's likely to be a tight race to November 2nd.

The race for County Mayor was already making news and stirring interest among voters. The arrival of a new candidate endorsed by the Republican Party makes it even more intriguing among likely voters in the valley, and he arrives with instant clout.

Less than a month before the general election, candidates for county mayor intensify the push for the job, getting out to public forums. Homebuilder Ellis Ivory announced Tuesday he's running as a write-in.

Nancy Workman remains the Republican Party's official nominee and you'll see her name that way on the punch card ballot, along with Democrat Peter Corroon and Unaffiliated Merrill Cook.

To vote for Ivory you have to write the office and his name on the envelope that contains the ballot. Plenty of Republicans think a write-in CAN win.

Brad Hunsaker, Likely Voter: “Maybe in the past they wouldn't, but right now with the current situation, I think it's necessary."

If the election were today Ivory would give Corroon a tough race; he trails in the poll by two percent. Workman continues to drop, as does Cook.

Bevan Chamberlain, Likely Voter: “It's too bad Nancy got into so much trouble. I thought she was a good mayor. I think Ellis would be a good person."

Pam Grubaugh-Littig, Likely Voter: “I think it’s very interesting. I’m a democrat, so I’m watching from afar hoping Peter Corroon can win.”

While Workman says she's in it until the voters count her out, two out of three likely voters think she should step down.

Pam Grubaugh-Littig, Voter: “Bow out of the race, it’s kind of embarrassing. When her own party says it’s time to withdraw, I think it’s time.”

Ivory has not yet filed as a write-in candidate and has five more days to do that. To clear up any confusion about who votes in this race, it's not just for the unincorporated county, it's for all county residents.

For more on the poll, be sure to pick up tomorrow's Deseret Morning News.

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