Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is ready to battle for another four years in office.
Now if only a Republican contender would step into the ring.
Corroon officially kicked off his 2008 re-election run on Thursday. And call it frugal, or call it environmentally friendly, Corroon pulled out the old banners and lawns signs from his 2004 bid.
The county mayor is running on the same principles he's touted throughout his four years in office: quality government, planning for growth, the economy, public safety and education.
"I am a proud Democrat, but these priorities are not Democratic or Republican, these are priorities of all of us," Corroon said. "I am excited and honored to be running again and ask the citizens of Salt Lake County to keep their trust and faith in us for four more years."
Corroon won office in 2004 after one embarrassing scandal after another rocked the county.
Since then, he's been battling to change the county's image and make people forget about its scandal-ridden past.
Since then, he has pounded on his 2004 campaign goals: more accountability, fiscal responsibility, better management, open government and more efficient services to Salt Lake County.
"I believe our administration has made great progress on those commitments, and we are proud of the work we have done," Corroon said.
If re-elected, Corroon said he will continue to focus on "planning, not politics."
He said he will continue to make "the right decisions for the right reasons and making decisions based on facts and figures and whether the lives of our citizens will be improved."
Corroon's approval ratings jumped a year ago, after he refused to give county tourism dollars to build a soccer stadium for Real Salt Lake, calling it an "unsafe investment" of taxpayer dollars, since the team could easily default on bills with only minor shortfalls in ticket sales.
"Peter has kept his commitment over the past three years to putting the taxpayers first and pursuing responsible fiscal policies that promote the public interest," said Tom Guinney, chairman of the Utah Restaurant Association.
Corroon wants to continue pushing his environmental agenda another four years. Last year he started a program to plant one million trees in the next 10 years. And Corroon wants to continue to push renewable energy by placing solar panels in homes, businesses and government buildings.
No Republicans have tossed their name into the county mayor's race.Several rumors are floating around about possible candidates, including Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, county councilmen Mark Crockett and Marv Hendrickson, and James Evans, the chairman of the county Republican party, but so far, no one will confirm who will step up to try and take Corroon down.
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