Former Utah state legislator Jackie Biskupski, will formally announce her bid for Salt Lake City Mayor at a kick-off event on January 31, 2015. Biskupski will call for a stronger effort to support the city’s education system, improve air quality, increase support of the small business community and a commitment to fairness and equality for all.
“I am running for Salt Lake City Mayor because, as a single mother raising a young son, I look around the city and wonder if we are creating an environment of opportunity and the culture of progress that my son and his generation deserve,” she said in a statement. “As mayor, I will not stand idly by while a generation of Salt Lake City school children lose out on educational opportunity. As mayor, I will bring renewed intensity to build a sustainable economy and help our local businesses succeed. I will also commit to improving our air quality by bringing to Salt Lake City affordable housing and increased employment opportunities along our public transit lines, making it enjoyable for our young families to live and work in our community. And, as Mayor, I will never grow complacent in the struggle for full equality.”
Biskupski was the first openly lesbian member of the Utah House of Representatives, serving from 1999 to 2011. She is a mother to her son Archie and currently serves as a project manager for Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
Her announcement will take place on the east stairs of the Salt Lake City-County Building on Saturday at 11 a.m. Following the announcement, she and her supporters will proceed to the Utah State Capitol for the Clean Air Rally.
Current Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott have announced their intentions to run for the office, meaning a primary election will now take place in the nonpartisan race.
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