Poll gives Republican Mark Crockett slight lead in Salt Lake County mayor race

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2 2012 6:54 p.m. MDT

Before the debate, Keller said she knew nothing of the candidates beyond what she had read on McAdams' billboards.

Keller said she identified strongly with Crockett's comments on the need for human services in the county. On the other hand, she said she found Crockett's gruff manner off-putting. 

"I don't like it, especially when people are debating, when they're disrespectful or rude," she said. "I just don't think there's a place for that."

Bill Larson, another undecided voter who said he tends to vote Republican, attributed Crockett's tough demeanor to his experience as a businessman.

"Crockett is a lot more corporate," Larson said. "Sometimes he was slightly strong and overbearing, to me, which is all right. That's how that type of men are."

Larson said that prior to the debate he knew nothing about the candidates. He said he will be watching the candidates in hopes of discerning which man is most likely to care for the people of Salt Lake County without overspending.

"My reaction to these two is they both agree on the fundamental need for a parks, services, education," he said. "Out of that, we're going to see a really different approach to getting the job done."

Keller said she agreed with McAdams' stance on increasing mass transit options.

Larson also referenced Crockett's hesitancy and McAdams' support toward expanding mass transit, but said he was left with concerns.

"I didn't hear enough about how they are going to bring together entities in this valley to protect what land is left and yet still incorporate the mass transit needs," Larson said.

In the debate, both McAdams and Crockett expressed hesitation toward the future Utah Performing Arts Center, saying existing theater and arts centers in the city must be protected as the Broadway-style theater makes its debut. Keller said she disagreed with both candidates.

"I think it will lift the performing arts as a whole," she said. "I think it will help the symphony and the opera."

Both Keller and Larson said they will be watching the candidates closely to make a decision before Election Day.

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