Biskupski to challenge incumbent Ralph Becker for SLC mayor in November election

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Jackie Biskupski will challenge incumbent Ralph Becker for Salt Lake City mayor in the November election, primary election results indicated late Tuesday night.

SLC Mayor's race results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

SLC Mayor's race results as of 10 p.m. Tuesday., posted by SL Co. Clerk's Office

Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott came in third, preliminary results show. He conceded defeat early in the evening.

In Salt Lake City's Council District 4 race, businessman and same-sex marriage plaintiff Derek Kitchen advanced to the November election. His challengers were close to each other, but it appeared Nate Salazar would be his challenger.

SLC Council District 4 results, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, posted by the SL Co. Clerk's Office.

SLC Council District 4 results, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, posted by the SL Co. Clerk's Office.

In other election highlights: Former NFL player Reno Mahe advanced to the general election for Lehi City Council; Sophia Hawes-Tingey will face off against incumbent Midvale City Councilman Paul Glover in November (if she were to win, Tingey would be Utah's first openly transgender politician); and former state Rep. Larry Wiley will face off against Tom Huynh for West Valley City's District 1 race.

Watch for election results in Salt Lake County at the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office.

Watch for election results in Utah County at the Utah County Clerk's office.

Watch for election results in Weber County at the Weber County Clerk's Office.



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    On July 16,2015 I arrived at the mayoral debate early and sat on the first row. I was wearing a tee-shirt that said “Ralph Becker for Mayor” I was approached by the moderator of the event Jennifer Napier-Pearce. She asked me to move to the second row because she said essentially I was wearing a candidate support tee-shirt. I pointed out to her the library was a public place. She then tried to cover that she, a reporter with a masters degree from Stanford, tried to limit free speech; by saying she needed the chair for her assistant. I apologized and moved to the other side of the auditorium still on the first row.

    Then, I was approached by Jackie Biskupski who said I needed to sit on the same side of the auditorium as the candidate I was supporting.

    So I moved back to the same area in the seat adjacent to the seat I thought Jennifer had said she needed for her assistant. Jennifer then came back over and said she needed the seat I was sitting in for assistant. I said I thought it was the other seat but she of course could have both seats; and I moved one over.

    The next day I called the Salt Lake City Tribune and asked if they paid a fee to rent the space. The manger I spoke to said they did not. Therefore, Jennifer Napier- Pearce could not have believed in my opinion, that the tribune had a private endeavor with the library and she was justified legally in attempting to limit free expression of political speech. The fact that Jennifer Napier Pearce asked me to move to the second row initially without a legal justification for doing so, in my opinion, demonstrates a bias. Since Jennifer was the one who screened the questions that were selected from readers, it also in my opinion impugns integrity of the debate.

    The fact that Jackie Biskupski said I needed to sit on the other side of the auditorium demonstrates a emotional instability, in my opinion -specifically excessively inappropriate controlling behavior. It’s absurd that she thinks she should control where people sit in a public space. It is a telling flaw and should be an alarm for voters.

    Mayor Ralph Becker in contrast has a history of tolerance for all persons. He was honored by the Whitehouse for reducing chronic homelessness among veterans to a functional zero. He has made it unable to target the housing of persons with disabilities. I have seen his successful efforts throughout the community. A disabled veteran told me about his apartment. A man I know is no longer homeless; and no longer carrying a large duffle-bag everywhere he goes. I saw a person who had a verbal disability who used to beg on main street buying stuff to clean an apartment. A disabled senior I know retained his housing.
    Ralph was successful in supporting the first non-discrimination ordinance for the LGBT community with regards to housing and employment.

    He put together the team that convinced google fiber to select Salt Lake City. We are ahead of other cities in construction because of Ralph Becker’s expertise with geographically planing.
    He argued against the prison specifically because of the wetlands. His environmental credits make him the most qualified to identify federal protections against the prison at the committee’s selected Site. Ralph Becker is substance. Ralph Becker is genuine. Ralph Becker is the best Choice for Salt Lake City mayor.

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