SLC mayoral candidates talk environment​ during Thursday’s debate


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Salt Lake City mayoral candidates Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall shared their plans to tackle air quality and environmental concerns during Thursday night’s debate.

Roughly 100 people listened to what the next mayor of Salt Lake City had to say.

“We need to provide our residents a city that is sustainable. A city that is safe, and well managed as well,” said Escamilla.

“Salt Lake City rightfully places air quality as top of its priorities as residents and it is what compelled me into public service and what is my passion even today,” said Mendenhall.

The main topic involved air quality surrounding the inland port.

Luz Escamilla

Escamilla said, “One of the things we need to do right away is a health impact assessment now. And I wish the city would take that leadership now. Not tomorrow, not next year, now.”

Escamilla added she wants to continue to fight against the inland port being built.

Mendenhall believes the city needs to be at the table with state legislators.

Erin Mendenhall

“The environmental organizer in me wants to tell you we will stop this port, but I’ve been in city hall long enough now that I can’t honestly say that is a realistic path for us at this point,” Mendenhall said.

Both candidates say there needs to be an open line of communication with state lawmakers about the inland port. But, to deal with true air quality issues there needs to be an investment in infrastructure and public transportation.

If you didn’t make it to Thursday nights debate, this weekend on Inside Utah Politics, Chief Political Correspondent Glen Mills will sit down with the candidates and talk over all the environmental issues, inland port, state prison, and much more. That will begin on Sunday morning at 8 a.m.


Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Inside Utah Politics Logo

Glen Mills

Chief Political Correspondent

For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 News team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 News at 5 and 6, Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time. Read More...