Erin Mendenhall raised significantly more than Luz Escamilla between August and October according to the most recent campaign finance reports with one week to go before election day.
Mendenhall raised $301,347 during the most recent reporting period while Escamilla pulled in $189,081. So far during the 2019 campaign, Mendenhall raised $422,656 and spent $389,345. Escamilla has raised $395,741 and spent $366,794, leaving her $28,946 in the bank. Mendenhall has just under $40,000 remaining ahead of Tuesday’s election.
Mendenhall finished first in the August primary election and holds a double-digit lead over Escamilla ahead of next week’s vote according to UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics polling. In every Salt Lake City mayoral election since the mid-1990s, the candidate who finished first in the primary election went on to win the general election in November.
The 2019 race to replace Jackie Biskupski, who declined to run for a second term, has been one of the most expensive in recent memory. David Ibarra, who finished in 5th place, raised and spent nearly half a million dollars in his unsuccessful bid.
Former Sen. Jim Dabakis ended his unsuccessful primary bid with more than $170,000 in the bank. He quietly used more than $107,000 in campaign donations to repay loans made to the campaign from his own money following his third-place finish in the August primary election.