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Salt Lake City's liveliest council race will be on display this week.

Five candidates vying for the District 4 Salt Lake City Council seat being vacated by Luke Garrott will go head to head Thursday in a debate.

The program scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nancy Tessman Auditorium at Salt Lake City's Main Library is sponsored by the East Central Community Council and is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Colby, Babs De Lay, Derek Kitchen, Miles Petty and Nate Salazar will debate city issues in advance of an Aug 11 primary election. The two top vote-getters will emerge to face off in the Nov. 3 election.

Kitchen leads the pack in fundraising with $16,630, followed by Salazar, who has taken in $10,300, according to July 1 campaign-disclosure reports.

Petty has raised $2,991, De Lay has collected $1,433 and Colby has taken in $415.

Thursday's debate will be moderated by Garrott, who is currently sitting as the council chairman and also is a candidate for mayor.

District 4 encompasses the central core of the city from Interstate 15 to the University of Utah and from South Temple to 900 South. As such, it is a district that often is at the center of discussions regarding transportation, housing, and economic development.

No primary elections will be held in Districts 2 and 6 because only two candidates are on the ballot in each of those districts, so both will go on to the November election.

In District 2, Van Turner and Andrew Johnston are running for the seat being vacated by Kyle LaMalfa.

In District 6, incumbent Charlie Luke is facing challenger Tracey Harty.