@2bitsso republicans did run and were on the primary ballot but did not
win enough votes to make the general election? isn't that how the process
generally works regardless of party affiliation? How exactly is that unfair to
republicans? Should they they get a place on the final ballot ahead of someone
that got more votes?
@Joe HilllRE: "@2 bits. Political diversity is always a good things
and we should encourage people across all political persuasions to run for
mayor. We cannot however force someone to run as a republican in salt llake or
anywhere else.---Joe,The Race wasn't between 2 Ds because
they ran unopposed. Check your elections. There were Rs who wanted to be
Mayor and ran, but they weren't allowed on the final ballot because 2 Ds
got more primary votes.So it's not an issue of no Rs
running.It's pretty easy to insure you will have a Democrat
Mayor if your only choices are 2 Democrats.If your choices are
Jackie Biskupski (D) or Ralph Becker (D)... your going to have a D mayor no
matter what. And it's not because no Rs ran. There was just no R on the
final ballot.===I didn't say it's Democrats
fault. But most places require a candidate from each party on the ballot (for
diversity and to not disenfranchise any party's voters). SLC could try
that.We require a candidate nominated by each party to be on the
general election ballot in State and Federal Elections.. why not in SLC?There's always an R and a D on the ballot in Sandy, why not in SLC?
@2 bitsPolitical diversity is always a good things and we should encourage
people across all political persuasions to run for mayor (and all levels of
government). We cannot however force someone to run as a republican in salt
llake or anywhere else. Unfortunately that leaves those that want to vote for a
republican morning floral Salt Lake City mayor to write in their vote for
someone that apparently has no interest in running which is sad but not
I wonder... will there be one Republican on the ballot for SLC Mayor this time,
for the Rs living in SLC to vote for?Last two elections there
hasn't been an R on the general election ballot. Just two Ds. How does
that not disenfranchise the people living in SLC who would like to vote for an
R?Kinda insures a D will always be Mayor of SLC, doesn't it?
Rs don't even have a chance. They aren't even allowed to be on the
ballot.That's not the America way. Not very diverse either.
If you are for diversity, and for all people to have someone they want to vote
for on the ballot... shouldn't you have candidates from both parties on the
ballot, not just 2 candidates from the same party? Where you can vote for A or
B but you get the same thing no matter who you vote for?Should we do
that with State-wide elections?Should we put two Rs on the general
election ballot if they are the top-2, and no Democrat on the ballot? That
would leave Ds with nobody they want to vote for on the ballot (like voters
living in SLC).Doesn't seem very diverse to only have 2 Ds on
your ballot SLC.No wonder a D always wins the SLC Mayor race. No Rs
are on the ballot, just your choice of Ds.
@ute alumWe agree on the ne thing using arguments of “well if we
moved the boundary” makes no sense. @2bits Again I never
claimed that once elected that the elected official does not represent everyone
in their city. I am not the one using terms like “the extreme left”
or “your tribe.”
drich - Green River, Utah"He should stay retired from all
politics. It would good for Utah."The best thing about Dabakis
running for mayor? You have no say in it at all.RiDal - Sandy"So, the Democratic race will be to see who can be the most extreme
Left ?!"Ain't it great, instead of having the most
religious right winger in the state running for office. BTW, you don't get
a say either.ute alumni - Salt Lake City, UT"Tolstoy""Other countries, really? That makes zero sense.
City boundary lines are moved. When you have no argument you make no
sense."Well, Republicans have been forced by courts to redraw
boundaries (gerrymandering) because they were unfair. Even Mia Love's
district was gerrymandered by Republicans and she still lost.Based
on Dabakis' willingness to take on the tribal chiefs, he will be good for
SLC, wish I could vote for him.
Republicans serve themselves.Democrats serve the people.GO JIM
TolstoyOther countries, really? That makes zero sense. City boundary lines
are moved. When you have no argument you make no sense.
@ute alumni - Salt Lake City, UTRE: "Now I’ll get on my scooter
and ride into the sunset"...---They have scooters in Sandy too
you know. The same Bird scooter program you have in SLC.===@Tolstoy I didn't say he couldn't vote for who he wants
if he moves to SLC. I said whoever is elected represents him just as much as
they represent anybody else once in office. They represent all the residents
of SLC. Not just members of their tribe who live in SLC. That's the
point.You may run as a Democrat or Republican. But when you are
elected your job becomes serving all the residents, not just your tribe.Same goes for Sandy.
Another Mitt Romney. Oh please let me be something?
@ute alum if we move Utah borders we can change the vote of state offices
from republican to democrat . if we move the national boundaries to include
other countries then we could also change the vote . the point of having
boundaries is that those boundaries allow people within them to have some say
over their government despite the fact it may not represent the will of those
outside those boundaries. Just to be clear no one asked you to leave Salt Lake
by all means stay and vote your will and I will do the same.
Time to hang it up, Jim - you've had your turns at bat -retire, please!
TolstoyMove the boundary 10 blocks south for SLC and dems won’t win,
ever. Why? Because currently SLC does not match the values of Sandy or almost
anywhere else in Utah. Oh, and I guess you’ll allow me to comment as I do
live in SLC. Now I’ll get on my scooter and ride into the sunset.
Jim, it's time for you to pursue a syndicated radio talk show, to clash the
opinions of Hannity, Rush and Beck. LOL!
Dabakis is a Utah treasure. He holds the feet to the fire of the rich and
powerful and shines light on corruption. He'll be a great mayor.
@2bits If you go back and read the two post you will see that it is RDek
that paints salt lake and Democrats as being unlike Sandy or any other community
in the Valley. RDale is more then welcome to move to Salt Lake and vote as he
wishes, The people of Salt Lake will vote their will for Salt Lake just as you
will for cottonwood heights. I agree we all have far more in come then we do
differences which is why I did not claim Republicans I n sandy try to appeal to
some far right agenda.
Good news for SLC.
@TolstoyIf he wins, he will be representing all the people in SLC. not
just you, or people like you. But all the people.The needs of
people in Sandy is not all that different from the needs of people in SLC.
Police, Fire, roads, libraries, arts, schools, etc. Quit pretending we're
different, or we're at each other's throats. We're not. SLC is
just a small part of a larger community.RiDal may move to SLC some
day, you never know. Then he would represent him just as much as he represents
you. That's his job.
Thanks, Katie McKellar. Nice, fair article.
He would be a great mayor.
@RDalThe Democrats will run to represent the views of those of us in salt
lake not sandy. Whether those outside Salt Lake City consider it extreme left is
of no real concern to us.
It will be entertaining, as Dabakis has always been good a that.Beyond the
entertainment we will be treated to promises of "free everything" and
any criticism will be brushed aside as being "opposed to equality".Dabakis certainly has a lot more skill at motivating people than the
incumbent, and while his policies and goals are likely very similar he will be
much more successful in implementing them. That would be good for him, even if
devastating in the long term for SLC.Salt Lake City is becoming more
of a typical failed urban area run by liberal democrats every election, and they
keep doing the same thing expecting different results.
So, the Democratic race will be to see who can be the most extreme Left ?!
The soon to be elected mayor of Salt Lake City. Commence the low information,
anti-equality rhetoric, particularly from individuals outside Salt Lake City
He should stay retired from all politics. It would good for Utah.