FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: Dan Weist
Council Communication team
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Erin Mendenhall and City Council Members Andrew Johnston, Ana Valdemoros and Dan Dugan were sworn into office at noon today on the east steps of the Salt Lake City & County Building. More than 500 people attended the ceremonies.
“Today is a humbling day! I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned from my work on the City Council as I head south down the hallway to the Mayor’s office,” said Mayor Mendenhall, the former District 5 Council representative who was elected by voters in November to the Mayor’s seat. “It is a major priority for me to foster a strong relationship between the legislative and executive branches of this city as we work together on the needs of our unique communities and residents.”
Mendenhall’s oath was administered by Cindi Mansell, the City Recorder. Mansell also administered the oath to Council Member Johnston. The District 2 representative was sworn into his second four-year term.
“The Westside is the best side. I am humbled to again serve the residents of my District,” said Johnston.
Council Member Valdemoros’ election makes her the first Latina and woman of color, and the first minority candidate elected to the Council. The Salt Lake City Council unanimously appointed Valdemoros in January 2019 to replace Derek Kitchen after he was elected to serve as a Utah State Senator.
“In August 2018 I became a citizen. Shortly thereafter I was able to participate as a voter in an election. Last November I was privileged to vote again; this time for myself. I am truly honored and grateful for all the opportunities that this amazing country has afforded me. The American Dream is still alive,” said Valdemoros, whose oath was administered by Regan R. Duckworth, Esq. “I look forward to continuing my representation of the diverse residents of District 4 and to work hard for all residents of our city.”
The oath of office for Council Member Dugan was administered by Mansell.
“District Six is a great place to work, play, and live. I am thrilled to tackle the challenges on our path to help create an even better City,” said Dugan, who was sworn into his first term.
The Salt Lake City Police Motor Squad, Nonantzin Grupo Folklórico De La Gente Latina (Latin Folk Dance), and Vili Lolohea Jr. took part in the program.
The Council is accepting applications for Mendenhall’s District Five seat via the Recorder’s Office for the term ending January 2022. Applications must be received in person by the Recorder’s Office by Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s bio
District 2 Council Member Andrew Johnston’s bio
District 4 Council Member Ana Valdemoros’ bio
District 6 Council Member Dan Dugan bio