What Does The District 3 Race Mean For Future Political Contests?
Councilman Eric Jergensen's re- election placed him on the short list of potential Mayoral candidates. If he runs against Mayor Rocky Anderson, it may give the Mayor some problems. Councilman Jergensen has an edge that wasn't available to Frank Pignanelli. Frank Pignanelli's well- known profile as a Democratic leader helped him mobilize large numbers of Democrats. Plus, Republican sentiment toward Mayor Anderson ensured that locally involved Republicans went for Frank Pignanelli. But he missed out on a general Republican vote that could have put him over the top. He was too much of a Democrat to move large numbers of Republicans. While it's true Republicans are on a downhill slide in SLC (esp. District 3), there are still enough to swing an election. Councilman Jergensen enjoys a great reputation among Democrats that have stepped up for him twice now. He also has shown he can bring Republicans to the table. The ability to mobilize committed Democrats and Republicans in a non- affiliated municipal race is solid gold. The question is, can Councilman Jergensen turn out Democrats in a number comparable to Frank Pignanelli? If he can do that, then a good Republican turnout could make him the new mayor.