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The UTOPIA criticism has been withering, he said. "It’s tough, no doubt about it. But I’ve never backed down from what I thought was right."
UTOPIA notwithstanding, Snarr’s accomplishments will be long lasting, said City Councilman Dave Nicponski. "I expect his legacy will last, and economic development has been very successful under his leadership."
The crazy mayor with the mustache isn’t so crazy, said state Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, who is Snarr’s second cousin.
"He’s a man of vision," she said of his accomplishments. "He’s a hands-on guy and he’s very persuasive and very determined."
And he’s accessible, too, she noted. He holds court at Costco and takes youngsters for Slurpies when they win awards. "That personal touch is what really makes a difference in a public servant — when they are out and about."
Snarr has never been about half measures. He makes no secret of the fact that he’s a "rabid" University of Utah sports fan. He even built a 17-foot by 21-foot block "U" with red and white lights on the roof of his house.
"I turn it on during the holidays and when the Utes win," he said.
No one seems to be worried that the outgoing mayor will have too much time on his hands as he leaves office. During the past year he refurbished an 87-year-old house and said he’s thinking of building a few new ones. And if he’s got any time left, he might run for County Council, he said.
"I’ve never liked politics. It’s a mean, dirty business," he said. "But I do like progress."
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