In what he called the official start of his campaign for the two-year Salt Lake County Commission seat, Riverton Mayor Dale Gardiner announced Monday he has the endorsement of 10 current and former Salt Lake Valley mayors.

Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis and South Salt Lake Mayor Jim Davis, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, headed the list of mayors who appeared at a Monday afternoon press conference arranged by the Gardiner campaign."These mayors are all non-partisan office holders," Gardiner told a handful of reporters and supporters. "We have here Democrats, Republicans and independents.

"As mayors we don't look at issues as partisan politicians but as local leaders solving problems. We're not interested in parties; we're interested in people."

DePaulis said Gardiner's seven years as a mayor give him the background a commissioner needs to work well with local mayors.

"Dale Gardiner will bring a mayoral perspective to this job and serve the county well," DePaulis said. "The most important relational issues involve urban and non-urban areas of the county. I hope people make their choice with that in mind."

Other mayors endorsing Gardiner include William Levitt, Alta; Charles Hoofman, Draper; Steve Newton, Sandy; Lee Wanlass, Bluffdale; Lavar C. McMillan, Murray; Theron Hutchings, South Jordan; and Everett Dahl, Midvale. Former mayors supporting Gardiner are Paul Thompson, Sandy, and Dennis Randall, West Jordan.

Gardiner, a Democrat, is running against Republican former commissioner Tom Shimizu for the seat being vacated by Commissioner Dave Watson. Watson, a Democrat, withdrew from a re-election bid in May after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving and attempted drug possession charges.