If elected, McAdams would take place of business in January, with two years left in his 2d time period as county mayor — leaving a gap for new management the Salt Lake County Democratic Party stated it might be ready to fill.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” stated Q. Dang, govt committee chairman of the county Democratic Party. “We’re optimistic, but until it all comes through and the certification happens, I’m not going to jinx it.”
If McAdams vacates the seat, Dang stated state regulation outlines a procedure for changing him that begins with the County Council notifying birthday celebration management, which might then have 30 days to nominate a substitute. Interested applicants would be capable to put their names ahead for attention, and a vote of roughly 1,100 birthday celebration delegates would make a decision a substitute.
McAdams instructed The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday that he’s nonetheless looking at the end result of the remainder ballots however is again within the place of business running on county trade, together with his proposed $1.5 billion budget plan. “Regardless of the outcome of this election, I will be mayor through the end of the year and into January,” he stated. “And I’ve got a lot of work to do.”
No Salt Lake County mayor has resigned in recent times, however the procedure for changing county officers has transform fairly common.
“We’re prepared to do these special elections now,” Dang stated. “It’s kind of routine.”
Around the similar time the Democrats had been running to nominate a brand new sheriff, the Salt Lake County Republican Party picked former state Rep. Adam Gardiner as county recorder. Gardiner, who replaced the late Gary Ott after months of turmoil within the place of business, trails Democratic challenger Rashelle Hobbs after Tuesday’s election, however he has but to concede the race.
In the case of McAdams’ seat, the county may well be out a mayor for as much as 30 days. But County Council Chairwoman Aimee Winder Newton stated a emptiness most probably wouldn’t pose too giant of a problem for the council and its paintings.
“Keep in mind [McAdams] has got four deputy mayors that he’s appointed,” she stated. “And the last several months, I know he’s been busy with his campaign and hasn’t been as hands-on as he normally is. And so I would expect those same people [who] have been helping to run the county while he’s been in the midst of the campaign will continue to keep us going.”
Potential contenders for McAdams’ seat most probably will stay quiet to look what happens after the remainder of the 4th District votes are counted. But already, two-term County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson, who ran unsuccessfully in this election cycle for U.S. Senate in opposition to Republican Mitt Romney, has been floated as a possible mayoral contender.
Wilson, reached for remark Wednesday, would no longer say for positive whether or not she’d throw her identify into the race if it got here to that, however she hinted that she would believe it.
“Having worked with Mayor McAdams for several years, I know he will be a wonderful congressman and look forward to a favorable outcome,” Wilson stated in a written observation. “Once we have final results, I will certainly take a hard look at how I can best continue to serve Salt Lake County.”