Tom Smart, Deseret News

Rocky Anderson left office as mayor of Salt Lake City as his second term ended at the end of 2008.

Now, nearly 15 years later, he wants another crack at the helm of Utah’s capital city, saying he’s fed up with how the city is run today.

Anderson told a small group of supporters during an event Wednesday night that he will seek a third term after coming to the decision over the past weekend. He’s not sure yet when he will make a public announcement and file the paperwork to make it official.

“It’s been building up for a long time,” he told KSL NewsRadio on Thursday. “Initially, I was absolutely opposed to doing it. It’s not what I had in mind for myself, but I decided that this city is at its absolute worst. It’s unsafe, it’s filthy (and) we’re not dealing with the homeless in a humane way. … All we do is move one encampment from one place to another to another and to another.”

The former mayor, who turns 71 next month, said he’s found that he still has the energy and passion to oversee the city. He added that he doesn’t believe the homeless resource centers have helped with neighborhoods, pointing to issues in the city’s Ballpark neighborhood. The neighborhood, which just received a new police substation Thursday, is by one of the new city’s homeless resource centers that opened after the closure of the downtown Road Home in 2019.

Public police data shows that violent crime is up 11% from last year and …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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