SLC Mayoral Candidates Town Hall
October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a town hall with SLC mayoral candidates Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall to discuss their platforms on policy issues as they relate to LGBTQ communities. Candidates will engage in a 60-minute discussion with Dr. Kathryn Bond Stockton followed by ~30 minutes of Q&A with audience members. Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.
6 – 7 PM
7 – 7:30 PM
7:30 – 8 PM
Tabling & Reception
Access Statement: We are committed to providing access to this event for everyone. ASL interpretation will be provided. Parking in the Union lot is available free of charge to facilitate access for people with mobility disabilities. The building is wheelchair accessible and step-free, and has gender free restrooms. Catering will include gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. If you have any other access needs or would like a parking access code, please contact Jae Miner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-897-1780 (text only).
Coinciding with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month, the University of Utah celebrates its Pride Week during the first week of October. For 2019, Pride Week will be Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 and will highlight queeroes in modern-day, who are taking a stand against bigotry and discrimination. This year’s theme, “Queeroes: Reclaiming Hero” will recognize the hero in all of us – especially the heroic efforts exerted by each LGBTQ+ person as they live their lives every day. To learn more about Pride Week visit lgbt.utah.edu.
Moving from Mexico to the United States in 1996, Luz finished high school in San Diego before moving to Utah to attend the University of Utah. At the U, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing.
After serving an internship during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Luz began her marketing career at Pioneer Valley Hospital followed by Interpreting Solutions. In 2002, she entered the nonprofit sector working as State Diversity Outreach Director for the Utah Domestic Violence Council. From there, Luz began focusing on policy as the Multicultural Health Policy Analyst for the Disability Law Center.
Luz entered state government as the Director of Policy and Research for the State Office of Ethnic Affairs. In 2005, Luz earned her Master’s in Public Administration and was appointed by Republican Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. as the Director of the State Office of Ethnic Affairs.
After this public service role, Luz began her current employment with Zions Bank in 2007 where she has served as Director of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center, Vice-President – Hispanic/Latino Market Manager, and Vice-President – Community Development Group. For the past 12 years, Luz’s work with Zions Bank has focused on developing small and local businesses that empower underserved communities.
In 2008, Luz was elected to her first of three terms to the Utah State Senate, which represents the westside of Salt Lake City and part of West Valley City. Luz has worked tirelessly to pass meaningful legislation around issues of clean air, healthcare, public education, after school programs, and many other issues that improve the lives of working families and residents of Salt Lake City.
Luz has been an effective Democrat in the GOP-controlled legislature because of her ability to find effective solutions, find common ground, and build bridges among those with different interests. Luz will bring her unique breadth and depth of experience and skills to the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.
Erin Mendenhall was re-elected to her second term serving the Ballpark, Central City, Central 9th, East Liberty Park, Liberty Wells, and Wasatch Hollow communities of District Five in 2017. During her tenure on the City Council, Erin served as the Council Chair 2018.
Erin has advocated for environmental initiatives from renewable energy expansion and electric vehicle infrastructure, to watershed protections and carbon fee dividends. Improving local solutions to homelessness and human trafficking, geographic equity in affordable housing, neighborhood quality of life and State Street improvements are all passions of Erin’s.
Through her role on the City Council, Erin serves as a member of the Utah Quality Growth Commission and the Utah League of Cities and Towns Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Utah Air Quality Board. Erin has a decade of experience working in advocacy, education policy and legislation. She previously worked at Breathe Utah, a local air-quality non-profit, where she collaborated with policymakers, city and state agencies, schools, and community members to improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Erin received a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from the University of Utah Non-Profit Academy for Excellence in 2012 and is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Gender Studies. Recently, Erin completed a Professional Master of Science and Technology at the University of Utah.
Erin, her husband Kyle, sons Cash and Everett and daughter Milå enjoy riding bikes around Liberty Park and to the 9th & 9th business district, baking cakes, and hiking in Southern Utah.