Jim Dabakis

Jim Dabakis
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What have you done that makes you qualified for Mayor of SLC

The mayor's first job is CEO, running a $330 million-a-year business. I know business. Over 30 years, my small business became a big business. That personal experience, along with hiring/keeping a team of the best (non-political) professionals will allow us to run a tight ship.

In 2013, I was elected to the Utah State Senate (2012-2018). It was a great joy and the honor of my life to represent you. I dove deep into the details of government and policy. While I served in the capitol, I was always firm in representing our values, but I made great efforts to keep the friendship and respect of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. Nothing is possible unless we work together.  

What do you plan to accomplish during your first 100 days in office?

I am not a patient person. I expect to get things moving fast!

  • Expect a plan for making UTA free, with a substantial increase in funding for bus service with greater frequency and more last mile connections.
  • Expect a ramping up of the lawsuit against the Inland Port.
  • Expect I will gather a group of community leaders and we will meet with the Fairgrounds Board. We will also meet with the Governor and legislative leaders on how to make the Fairgrounds pop for the neighborhood, 12 months a year.
  • Expect a plan for more affordable housing, involving serious state bonding and an incentive package for those who build affordable housing.  
  • Expect a review of the newly opening homeless centers, a gush of support for what is working, and rethinking of what needs tinkering.    

How will you help get west-side residents more engaged in city planning and decision-making?

Expect the appointment of a Blue Ribbon panel of west side people with recommendations on making the quality of life better. I will request that the staffed report have serious recommendations in my hands within 180 days.

How will you address the city’s homelessness issues and the negative impacts on west-side neighborhoods, especially near North Temple and along the Jordan River?

I have a no tolerance policy for drug dealers on our streets. We must not give up our houses or our neighborhoods to people who would do grave damage to others. I will go myself, as mayor, to high-drug-use areas and warn establishment owners and property owners that they better clean up their act or I will personally bring down the full force of the City. No one has the right to destroy neighborhoods!

The state, county, and city are spending $100 million dollars to help people suffering from homelessness. With the addition of three new homeless shelters, treatment facilities and employment mentoring, “camping” on the Jordan River needs to end. The health issues and human carnage are painful and we must make helping those that are homeless the highest priority; this area must not be a shantytown.

Would you continue the city’s lawsuit on the inland port? Why or why not?

Yes, I would continue the lawsuit! As mayor, I will pursue the inland port lawsuit with feisty vigor, verve, and voice. There should not be an inland port on a significant portion of Salt Lake City’s land without the express consent of the people and the elected officials of Salt Lake City. Anything other than that is a travesty. The inland port is a generational clash of competing views and jurisdictional questions over Salt Lake City-owned land. The people of our capitol city are pitted against the state legislature and governor, who simply do not share the same vision and values of the people of Salt Lake City. Using these values, we will find a balance, giving Salt Lake City a strong economic center that supports the well-rounded elements that make Salt Lake City a great place to live, work, and raise a family.