ELECTION 2019

City Councilwoman Takes Lead In Salt Lake Mayoral Race

Aug 14, 2019, 12:52 AM | Updated: Nov 4, 2019, 4:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With 100% of precincts reporting, Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall took the top spot in the race for the mayor.

“I’m humbled. I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to get to work,” Councilwoman Mendenhall said. “I’m ready to win in November.”

Mendenhall tops a field of eight contenders with 23.70% of the vote or 6,924 votes as of Tuesday night.

“I’m honored that Salt Lake City voters want to actually have a choice on the ballot between a state legislator or somebody who knows how to run Salt Lake City.”

Mendenhall’s lead is more than 600 votes ahead of former state senator Jim Dabakis who finished the night with 21.56% or 6,300 votes.

“I’m really thrilled,” Dabakis said. He says the campaign saved about $160,000 that they will now put toward the general election, which will play out over the next couple of months.

“The objective in the primary is to come in first or second….Nobody is going to remember in November who came in first or second. So I think we’re well positioned in the general election.”

State Senator Luz Escamilla came in a close third place, with only 109 votes fewer than Dabakis and 21.19% of the vote.

“We’ll wait for the process,” said Senator Escamilla, moments after seeing the initial election results at 8:01 p.m. Tuesday.

“Obviously you always want to be in the top,” she said. Before 100% of precincts were reporting she said she and her campaign were “very optimistic” adding “we feel good.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Election 2019

FILE - Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall (KSL TV)...
Jared Turner, KSL TV

Salt Lake Mayor-Elect Erin Mendenhall Outlines Transition Plan

Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall spoke at the steps of the City and County Building to talk about the transition to her administration as the city’s next mayor.
3 years ago
State Sen. Luz Escamilla is running for mayor of Salt Lake City. (Photo: Steve Griffin, Deseret New...
KSL TV

Escamilla Concedes SLC Mayor’s Race To Mendenhall

State Sen. Luz Escamilla has conceded the Salt Lake City mayor's race to city councilwoman Erin Mendenhall.
3 years ago
North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who also served as a major in the Utah Army National Guard, is pict...
Associated Press

North Ogden Elects New Leader Year After Death Of Former Mayor Maj. Brent Taylor

Utah residents have chosen a new North Ogden mayor to replace their fallen leader killed during a 2018 deployment in Afghanistan.
3 years ago
Photo: Getty Images...
KSL TV

Elections 2019: Here’s Where Each Race Stands

These numbers in key races have not been finalized yet. They will be updated throughout the day as the counts continue. 
3 years ago
FILE...
KSL TV

ELECTION 2019: Utahns Head To The Polls

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Polls across Utah close at 8 p.m. and KSL TV is here to keep you up to date with Utah’s 2019 election results. A few key races we are keeping an eye include the race for Salt Lake City Mayor between Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall and the race for […]
3 years ago
Photo by George Frey/Getty Images...
Josh Ellis, KSL TV

Vineyard, Payson Residents To Vote In Utah’s First Ranked Choice Elections

City council elections in Vineyard and Payson will feature Utah's first-ever ranked choice voting elections, according to officials with the Utah County Elections Division.
3 years ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
City Councilwoman Takes Lead In Salt Lake Mayoral Race