So What Happened in District 3?- The Mayor Rocky Anderson Factor
If District 3 is heavily Democrat and one of Mayor Rocky Anderson's best districts, why did Councilman Eric Jergensen win? After all, he is Mayor Anderson's political enemy and not a Democrat. A large part of Janneke House's loss can be tied directly to Mayor Anderson. He has basically split the Democratic Party in Salt Lake City. Mayor Anderson hosted a conversation on KCPW with a few Democratic heavyweights from the past including Former Utah Governor Cal Rampton and Judge D. Frank Wilkins. Many Democrats were upset with what they saw as Mayor Anderson attempting to place himself in that same group of de facto leaders. Some were also angered by Mayor Anderson's efforts to connect himself to the Democrat's success of a few decades ago as if to say "they were then, I am now". Even the panel seemed to resist that idea. It's an interesting discussion.