The campaign of 1990 takes on new meaning Monday as Salt Lake County changes from a Republican to a Democratic-controlled commission and the victors begin having to make good on promises.
Winners in the 10 county races were scheduled to be sworn in at noon. Among them are people experts predicted would be anywhere but at the County Government Center on inauguration day. Topping that list is Democrat Randy Horiuchi, who was elected county commissioner by a margin of 1,004 votes, despite predictions he would lose by a landslide.Horiuchi will join fellow Democrat Jim Bradley, who handily defeated incumbent Bart Barker. Together, they will make up a two-thirds majority of the commission and will be able to accomplish virtually anything they both agree on.
They have wasted little time announcing some of their plans. During the two months since their election, Horiuchi and Bradley have said they will not build a golf course in Dimple Dell Park and will instead try to build on two sites that are contaminated by harmful waste.
They also have revamped plans for renovating the Salt Palace complex and have started what may be a difficult task persuading others to join them in taking the new plan to the state Legislature.
But they have yet to make clear how they will dispose of things they considered wasteful in county government. For instance, Horiuchi criticized the former commission for creating a county manager position. They have yet to make clear if they plan to eliminate that post, held by Kerry Steadman.
Another surprise winner taking the oath of office Monday is Aaron D. Kennard, who becomes the county sheriff after defeating three-term incumbent Democrat Pete Hayward.
Kennard has pledged to work toward combining the county's police services with those in cities throughout the county. He especially wants to combine services dealing with narcotics and gangs.
The only other surprise winner to take office Monday will be Democrat Sherrie Swensen, who will become county clerk after defeating Dixon Hindley. Swensen has pledged to simplify the voter-registration process.
The other six people taking office Monday do so for at least the second time. They are: Assessor Robert L. Yates, Attorney David E. Yocom, Auditor Craig Burg Sorensen, Recorder Katie Dixon, Surveyor M. Carl Larsen and Treasurer Art Monson.