DRAPER, Utah – (ABC4 News) – The Salt Lake County Democratic Party gathered to pick the next county mayor on Saturday.
For the first time, a Democratic female is taking the reigns.
Members of the party’s central committee narrowed four candidates to one.
Jenny Wilson came out on top, so she’ll be moving from county council to mayor.
She fills the vacancy created after former Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams made a successful run for Congress.
“I feel great, I’m ready to go. It’s been a great journey. I am grateful to the central committee, and Democrats and I’m excited,” said Wilson.
Wilson defeated Shireen Ghorbani with 55% of the second round of vote.
The two embraced following the final results.
“I said thank you so much! I do believe she’s going to fight for us and I’m grateful for that. I want to make sure we continue to see this seat held by a Democrat, so I’ll get out there and work for her,” said Ghorbani.
Wilson says the first line of business is to get to the Capitol to fight to preserve Prop 3, Medicaid expansion.
Air quality and affordable housing will also be priorities.
“I think I will be looking at where I can have an impact and I think the central committee members have helped define that road map,” said Wilson.
Wilson becomes the first Democratic female to hold the office, but the work of mayor is no stranger to her.
She learned the ropes from her father, former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson.
“Somebody pointed out that if my dad and I are walking down the hall and somebody yells “Mayor Wilson,’ we’re going to both turn our heads I guess. So, that’s special,” she said.
Wilson will fill the remaining two years of the current term and will be up for election again in 2020.
The central committee will be at it again in about 30 days, picking Wilson’s replacement on the council.
Ghorbani was widely seen as a possible replacement for Wilson on the council, but she says she will not run for that seat.
Wilson will be sworn into office on Tuesday.