You see, many of us also served in the Utah State Legislature with Biskupski, and know without a doubt that Jackie is the type of leader that Salt Lake City needs and deserves. Biskupski was a very effective legislator. She was a champion of many causes; in particular, she always fought and won funding for services for the homeless and emergency food shelters. She advocated, successfully, for the interests of small business owners and the arts community. As the first openly gay legislator in Utah's history, she embraced her role as a trailblazer by breaking down barriers for future legislators from the LGTBQ community and other marginalized communities. She broke down barriers by forming professional relationships and changing hearts and minds; a change that will have an impact for generations to come.
Biskupski was a successful legislator, and has been a successful administrator in Salt Lake County government, because she is a collaborator and a leader that empowers the people around her. Biskupski mentored many of us as freshman legislators; she cherished the opportunity to help us succeed in our own efforts. At community events, she is always on the lookout for the next young leader to mentor. She loves to help other people succeed. It is no wonder to any of us that Jackie was a founding member of the Real Women Run initiative in Utah, an organization that encourages women to run for public office. It fits her profile as a leader and visionary.
As a successful legislator, Biskupski never sought the limelight. She never sought personal credit for the bills she passed, the funding she secured, or the causes for which she successfully advocated. As mayor of Salt Lake City, Biskupski will put residents and small businesses at the forefront of everything she and her administration does. She will work collaboratively with her constituents to make Salt Lake City a more livable place for all of us.
We are quite offended that some see Biskupski's collaborative leadership as being weak. She is a very strong advocate for what she believes in. We watched her fight hard in the Legislature for equality for the LGBTQ community, for fair and humane treatment of animals, and for a sustainable environment. Biskupski is a fighter, but she demonstrated time and again an ability to fight for her constituents' interests in a way that built bridges of understanding and respect with her opponents.
Salt Lake City deserves a mayor that will lead, collaborate, advocate, and lift up us all. Salt Lake City deserves Jackie Biskupski as mayor.
Sen. Gene Davis, Sen. Jim Dabakis, Sen. Luz Escamilla, Sen. Karen Mayne, former Sen. Scott McCoy, former Sen. Ross Romero, former Sen. Blaze Wharton, Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Rep. Gage Froerer, Rep. Sandra Hollins, Rep. Mark Wheatley, former Rep. Brian Doughty, former Rep. Janice Fisher, former Rep. Lynn Hemingway, former Rep. Jen Seelig, former Rep. Larry Wiley.