Salt Lake Tribune Debate Spurs Important Conversations

Salt Lake Tribune Debate Spurs Important Conversations

Tonight’s debate highlighted many important issues vital to Salt Lake City. Thank you to all the residents who submitted questions. Clearly SLC residents are engaged in this mayoral race. I enjoyed the variety of topics, however I do wish there had been more time allotted to discuss these important issues in depth.

One of my continuing concerns following tonight’s discussion is the role of big money in our local elections. Tonight, each candidate had the opportunity to ask one question of the other candidates. My question pointed to the large donations and PAC money we’ve seen creep into this race, and asked if the other candidates thought Salt Lake deserved a mayor willing to forego big money and who doesn’t need to be forced to do the right thing. Let me be clear: I am concerned that PAC money has side-stepped contribution limits on Jackie Biskupski’s campaign, but Ralph Becker’s hands are just as dirty with big money accounting for about $272,000 (or ¾) of his contributions.

Ultimately, it may be legal, but that doesn’t make it right. If we want big money out of our politics, we must have candidates willing to forego big money.

I believe in good government, and want to see it in action here in Salt Lake City. We need to close the floodgates of corporate money before it drowns out the voices of residents. Rest assured, I will continue to limit my cash donations to $1,000 per individual or local business, and will remain an advocate for reducing the role of corporate money in our local elections.

Emily

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