Democratic mayoral nominee Ben McAdams with supporters at Murray High School
(KCPW News) While Salt Lake County Republicans will have to hold a primary election to pick their nominee for county mayor, Democratic delegates selected State Senator Ben McAdams as their nominee at convention on Saturday. McAdams narrowly crossed the 60 percent threshold needed to beat Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero in the second round of voting.
“It was a tough fought race, but at the end of the day, I’m proud to see the Democratic party coming together and moving on together to make our case to the broader public,” he told KCPW.
McAdams says without having to go through a primary, his campaign can conserve its resources for the general election. He says he doesn’t expect there to be lingering bitterness from Romero’s supporters.
“We’re going to go forward together. Senator Romero is a friend of mine and we’re on the same team, and he was very gracious to be my first endorsement after the convention,” he says. “I look forward working with him to continue his message of reaching out to new voters and bringing them to us.”
The race between McAdams and Romero went to a second round of voting because delegates passed a change to the party’s constitution earlier in the day, allowing a second round to be held between two candidates if one of them got at least 57 percent during the first round, which McAdams did. The Salt Lake County Democratic Party convention was held at Murray High School.