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Q&A offers insight into the six candidates for District 3

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After Salt Lake City´s District 3 Councilman Eric Jergensen decided not to run for re-election, candidates poured in to replace him. Voters in Marmalade, Capitol Hill and the Avenues will choose on Sept. 15 in the primary election, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the general election. City Weekly chased down all six candidates for a brief quiz. (Bios for the candidates are in the sidebar on the right).

Where can someone get a shot of whiskey in District 3?
James Aho:
I don’t drink whiskey ... maybe over on Third West.
Lisa Allcott:
I don’t know that you can. I can’t think of a liquor bar in the district.
Phil Carroll: Port o’ Call is one. Probably at Andy’s.
Jennifer J. Johnson:
I don’t believe that you can.
Stan Penfold: You could probably get a shot of whiskey at a restaurant on South Temple like Wild Grape. ... It seems to me there is a bar on 300 West that has a hard liquor license.
Yossof Sharifi: I would say Bayou, which is a little outside District 3, like a block or two. There’s also the Twilite Lounge, which is close.

Note: At least three bars in the district serve liquor, and multiple restaurants have liquor licenses. Twilite, Andy´s and Bayou are not in the district, Andy´s does not serve liquor, and Port O´ Call is closed.

What’s the most unsettling movie you’ve ever seen?
The Exorcist
Allcott: sex, lies and videotape
Fog of War
Johnson: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Broadcast News
Sharifi: Eraserhead

SLC Council Candidates
Edward James Aho has owned and operated Aho Apparatus Service Shop for 32 years. Top issue: Property taxes and taxes in general are too high.
Lisa Allcott is a project manager for Oracle. Top issue: historic preservation. (LisaForCity
Phil Carroll is the president of the nonprofit Community Housing Services, Inc. Top issue: concerns about tearing down houses and building new ones.
Jennifer J. Johnson is a single-mother and entrepreneur with a background in marketing. Top issue: change. ( Note: Johnson has worked as a City Weekly freelancer.
Stan Penfold is executive director of Utah AIDS Foundation. Top issue: the threat of monster homes. (

Yossof Sharifi is a litigation attorney at Sharifi & Baron. Top issue: reducing crime. (

Define gentrification.
You mean gender, or gentrification? How do you spell it? I don’t know, but to me that sounds like it has something to do with genetics, but I don’t see it in the dictionary.
Allcott: When people move into a neighborhood that was generally a middleclass neighborhood and kind of take%uFFFD ownership of the neighborhood ... and upgrade the neighborhood.
Carroll: It´s when lower-income neighborhoods become higher-income neighborhoods.
A really stuffy word for what I believe to be a pretty cool idea in terms of revving up cities. It sounds like an old-fart word for what I believe to be a pretty cool idea.
The upscaling of a neighborhood that forces the people who have traditionally lived there to move out because they can no longer afford it.
Well, yuppies. Would that be a good answer?

Webster´s definition: To convert an aging or deteriorated area into a more affluent neighborhood, resulting in increased values and displacement of the poor.

How many years until you pay off your student loans?
I don’t have any. That’s been paid many, many years ago.
I’ve paid off my student loans.
Carroll: It took me five years, but that was years ago.
Johnson: I paid off all my student loans 20 years ago.
Two years. I went back to school three years ago.
A long time. Maybe 10 years; five to 10 years, I would say.

How many Facebook friends do you have?
I’m not on that computer a lot because I’m working a lot.
Allcott: About 200.
I don’t have a profile.
Johnson: About 780.
350, approximately.
Sharifi: Somewhere around 40.

What’s your favorite beer?
When I do drink a beer, I like Busch. The other stuff is too rich for me.
Allcott: Uinta pale ale.
Carroll: I don’t drink beer. Root beer, I guess.
Johnson: This will be a little politically incorrect. I’m on a diet right now, so I’m drinking Bud Light Lime. ... I attribute that to losing 40 pounds.
Penfold: Wasatch Hefeweizen.
Raspberry Wheat from Squatters.*

*This is brewed by Wasatch Beers.

What did you do at the job you had just previous to your current job?
I worked for General Electric in the industrial electric department.
Allcott: I ran the Utah Democratic Party statewide election in 2004.
I worked for the [employment training] CETA program with Salt Lake County.
Johnson: I worked at Novell as an international marketing executive.
Penfold: I worked for ASSIST, a little nonprofit that looked at the I-15 expansion and were making an argument that it wasn’t going to solve our transportation problems.
Sharifi: A city prosecutor for Salt Lake.

How much of your personal money have you spent on this race?
I haven’t spent a whole lot. I had signs left because I ran last time for this council seat.
$450 for the Equality Utah Allies dinner.
Carroll: None.
Johnson: Probably about $5,000.
Penfold: Probably about $500 so far.
Probably under $1,000.

Do you own or rent your home, and what is the square footage?
Own. About 1,200. It’s the condominium on top of my shop.
Allcott: Own. It’s tiny ... 900 square feet.
Carroll: Own. About 2,500 square feet.
Own. 4,000.
Penfold: Well, the bank owns it, I’m paying them. Just under 1,000 square feet.
Sharifi: Renting now, in the process of buying. I have no idea.

Tell me about the best view from a window in your home.
I’m overlooking the Gateway. So that’s pretty at night.
Allcott: I have a view out my front window of the mountains.
Carroll: Out of our bedroom window we can see LDS hospital and over the top we can see Mount Ensign.
Johnson: I have a beautiful view of the valley except when there’s an inversion.
There’s a view out my front dining room window in the wintertime because the leaves fall off the trees. Then I can actually see some of the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains.
It looks down on the City- County Building. It’s really beautiful.

What do you think of the word “gayborhood”?
That’s what they call the Marmalade area over there. It’s kind of cute.
I don’t use that term or know what it means.
Carroll: We have a successful community, and designating some neighborhood as one way or the other is unfortunate.
Johnson: It makes me smile.
Penfold: It’s an odd name for a neighborhood, but I think it’s trying to reflect it’s a safe place for gay and lesbian people.
Sharifi: I think it has a nice ring to it. It sounds fun.

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