Mayoral Candidates Debate as Primary Election Draws Near

Mayoral Candidates Debate as Primary Election Draws Near

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Debbie Dujanovic reporting Salt Lake's Mayoral candidates will spend today prepping for round two.

Last night was round one-- the first official debate between Mayor Rocky Anderson and challenger Frank Pignanelli.

But earlier in the day the two squared off informally on the grounds of the City County Building.

Pigananelli was here holding a news conference on the supposed bad morale of city workers. And it was an opportunity Anderson couldn't pass up.

Frank Pignanelli/Candidate For Mayor: "Let's not gloss over what everyone knows. What I'm saying is the emperor has no clothes. And everyone knows in Salt Lake City that this is a horrible place to work."

Rocky Anderson/Salt Lake City Mayor: "In the first six months we did have high turnover. But in the last three and a half years things have stablized dramatically. We have a great, hardworking, passionate team of people."

Things were much more dignified during last night's debate.

Joined by Republican Molonai Hola, the candidates answered questions written by audience members and each other, laying out their plans for the future of Salt Lake, including the revitalization of downtown.

In case you missed last night's debate, there are still more opportunities to hear the candidates speak. A series of debates are scheduled over the coming week.

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