Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is running for a 3rd term. He announced his bid for re-election to reporters Monday morning at a local café.
Becker says he has the energy and commitment to continue to lead the city as he has for the past seven years.
“People wanted a vibrant downtown,” Becker says. “They wanted a livable and sustainable city. They wanted mobility options…To that end, seven years later, we certainly have a list of accomplishments.”
Becker says Main Street has become a bustling center for entertainment and business under his tenure. He adds the new airport TRAX line, Sugar House Streetcar and increased bicycle and pedestrian options have improved mobility for residents.
District-four City Councilman Luke Garrott is not happy with Becker’s leadership. That’s why he says he’s challenging the Mayor for his seat in 2015.
“I see an agenda that is aimed more at luxury, legacy projects, not enough on developing people, developing our potential, offering opportunity to children, taking care of the bread and butter of daily life like cost of living,” Garrott says.
The two-term councilman says he’d like to focus on making homeownership and living in the city more affordable, attracting better paying jobs and improving youth programs, which took a hit during the recession.