Chances are good that you will not be among the small percentage of Utahns who go to the polls to vote today.
It’s a municipal election year, and while residents in hundreds of Utah cities and towns will elect new leaders, only a few ballot measures and a handful of mayoral races in larger cities command much attention.
That makes it easier to justify foregoing a trip to your polling place, but you shouldn’t. Municipal government is where individuals can most affect change.
Many of you will opt not to vote because you say you know little about the races in your districts.
That’s where The Salt Lake Tribune comes in.
In coverage in recent weeks, we’ve highlighted key races, profiling candidates and campaign finances and defining key issues.
Among races and issues to watch:
West Valley City mayor
Ron Bigelow and Karen Lang face off in the race to replace Mike Winder, who chose not to seek re-election as mayor of Utah’s second-largest city. The person who replaces Winder will be charged with restoring order and regaining public trust for West Valley’s embattled police department.
You can read more about Bigelow and Lang here.
In addition, you can find more information about the candidates’ campaign finances here.
Salt Lake City Council
Three Salt Lake City Council seats are up for re-election. In District 3 representing the Avenues neighborhood, Sherman Clow is challenging incumbent Stan Penfold. Longtime incumbent Jill Remington Love is retiring in District 5, which represents south central Salt Lake City. Erin Mendenhall and Bill Davis are facing off for that seat. Lisa Ramsey Adams and Kevin Paulson are in the race to represent Sugar House is District 7, where the alignment of the Sugar House Streetcar is a key issue.
Jordan School District bond