Wharton, Fowler build early leads in bids for open Salt Lake City Council seats

| Courtesy of Chris Wharton Chris Wharton, a candidate for Salt Lake City Council.

In bid for the two open seats, attorney Chris Wharton led Phil Carroll, an affordable housing developer, in the District 3 duel to succeed two-term incumbent Stan Penfold, who did not seek re-election.

| Courtesy of Amy Fowler Amy Fowler, a candidate for Salt Lake City Council.

In District 5, first-term incumbent Erin Mendenhall, a graduate student, appeared headed to another four-year term with a comfortable advantage over community activist George Chapman in initial returns, 83 percent to 17 percent.

| Courtesy Erin Mendenhall Salt Lake City council member Erin Mendenhall has been named to the Utah Air Quality Board.

In August’s primary, Wharton, 33, edged the 73-year-old Carroll by just 52 votes of out nearly 3,500 cast.

Fowler nearly doubled Smith’s vote total in the primary. The candidates, both 39, also cited housing as a top concern in addition to homelessness and transportation issues. The southeast district covers Sugar House.

Mendenhall, 37, cruised in the primary by capturing nearly 74 percent of the vote before taking on the 66-year-old Chapman in the fall showdown in District 5, covering central Salt Lake City, including the Liberty Wells and Liberty Park areas.

Rogers, who won his District 1 primary with 78 percent of the vote, ended up running opposed in the general election after the second-place finisher dropped out.

Council members serve part time and earn a base salary of $25,525. Three others, Andrew Johnston (District 2), Derek Kitchen (4) and Charlie Luke (6), face re-election in 2019.

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