Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall
has six years of experience on the City Council, and, like Penfold, could hit the ground running the city. But some have questioned her efforts to increase taxes, including the parks bond from a few years ago, and several tax increases in the last year for Salt Lake City citizens. She has also encouraged efforts to extend the S-Line to 400 South, which would require hundreds of millions of local taxpayer money. Her behind-closed-doors decision to put a homeless shelter in the Sugar House created a big backlash. A more recent controversy was her efforts to lead the council to ignore the mayor’s efforts to fight the state’s inland port land and tax grab and reach agreement on the port.