Hundreds of city primary candidates walked neighborhoods over the weekend, dropping campaign literature, as they made their final push before Tuesday's elections.
Many of the state's 228 cities and towns are holding primary elections. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. To find out if your city or town has a primary election that you can vote in, call your local city or town recorder's office.Primaries are held only if the number of candidates for a mayoral or council seat need to be winnowed down for the Nov. 7 general election.
In the Salt Lake mayor's race - the premier contest this year - the three main contenders all said Monday that they've worked hard and feel good about their chances.
Mayor Deedee Corradini, Steve Harmsen and Rich McKeown all walked local neighborhoods on Saturday. In Utah one doesn't campaign personally on Sundays, and none did. Monday, they were back walking and telephoning supporters.
Corradini, who has raised more than $250,000 in her race - far more than Harmsen and McKeown - had one TV spot running. In it she talks about how she's fought crime over the past four years.
McKeown had two TV spots running, an "image" commercial that introduces himself to voters and another that takes a backhanded slap at Corradini's big-name endorsements. McKeown's ad has some unknown volunteers endorsing him and saying why.
Harmsen was running TV and radio ads and placed a flier in the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune Monday listing his "contract with Salt Lake residents," in which he makes a number of promises including fighting crime and reducing property taxes by 20 percent over four years.
Deseret News/KSL pollster Dan Jones predicts a 15 percent to 20 percent voter turnout on Tuesday in Salt Lake City. Of course, voter turnout can, and likely will, vary greatly depending on the race in your city or town.
In a poll conducted last week for the newspaper and TV station, Jones found that among registered voters most interested in the race, Corradini was favored by 31 percent while Harmsen and McKeown tied at 23 percent support each.
"I think the final vote won't show 1,000 votes between us (Harmsen, Corradini and McKeown)," said Harmsen.
"This race is a jump ball," McKeown said. While Corradini's lawyers were in court Monday trying to stop the Monday evening public release of her tax returns - voluntarily given up to a bankruptcy trustee years ago during the Bonneville Pacific investigation - McKeown said whether he gets out of Tuesday's primary or not, "I expect that the mayor's tax returns and finances will become an issue in this race. This is a strange election year. Who knows what can happen."