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Becker rallies to change momentum in SLC mayoral race

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Sep 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 09:18:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- As a former minority leader in Utah's House of Representatives, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is used to being an underdog, but it's been a while since he's faced these kind of odds.

He goes into November's general election against a challenger who beat him by 15 percentage points in an August primary.

Becker says that was a lead built on a misleading campaign against him.

"I'm not going to take the kind of gross mischaracterization of me and what I'm doing for the city lying down," Becker said.

Current Frontrunner, and former state Representative Jackie Biskupski, says she's sticking to the issues, and Becker is going negative in a desperate attempt to keep his job.

"We have without a doubt come to a point in this campaign where the mayor feels like he needs to go negative. We are watching that closely. We have no intentions of heading down that path with him," Biskupski said.

Becker says Salt Lake City is thriving and he has specific plans for the next four years.

"We're seeing this incredibly prosperous successful time and improving quality of life," Becker said.

The mayor said he needs the next four years to implement the Mt. Accord, secure Google Fiber, create a Foothill regional park and a new regional Dog Park among other goals.

Votes will be counted on Nov. 3.