Biskupski ‘Likely’ to Run for Mayor; Announcement to Come in January

Jackie Biskupski says she is "likely" set to enter the race for Salt Lake City Mayor with an official announcement coming early in 2015.

Biskupski tells UtahPolicy.com she will be shoring up support and financial commitments over the next week before she makes her announcement official.

"If I'm going to run, I have to be heavily committed," she said. "Once I'm in, it's game on."

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker recently announced he's running for a third term. Becker has over $200,000 in his campaign account, giving him a sizeable cash advantage. Another thing working against Biskupski is the fact that Salt Lake City has not denied an incumbent mayor another term in office since 1975.

Biskupski says she's busy getting her ducks in a row both personally and financially.

"Some of that has to do with work and home, and some is talking to the heavy hitters in our community," she says. "These are people who have a sincere desire for change in our community. If these people get behind me, that gives my candidacy credibility."

In August, Biskupski told UtahPolicy.com she was conducting public opinion polling ahead of a possible run. She says the results of the poll

"I wouldn't be in it if the data said to me everyone was content and ready to roll for another four years. Honestly, there are so many things that I can see our city needs. We have a need for long-term financial security. There are things that are not being brought to the table that are of great interest to the business community, and there's a push for someone else to jump in."

Biskupski says even though an official announcement will come sometime in January, she may file official papers before then so she can start raising money.

"I've been looking at this for seven years. This is not some fly-by-night effort. I'm finally at a place where I can and want to take this on."

Salt Lake Councilman Luke Garrott has also announced his candidacy for mayor.