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Salt Lake mayor will not seek re-election
Posted: Monday January 11, 1999 05:21 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mayor Deedee Corradini, a member of the committee that successfully bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics and one of the games' chief promoters, said Monday she will not seek a third term.
"Today I'm announcing I'm leaving public service to go back to the private sector," Corradini said.
Corradini had been widely expected to seek a third term, even though polls showed her once-high popularity had plummeted in the last two years.
She gained an international profile as a champion of Salt Lake's bid for the games, and she was the flag-bearer for the city at the Nagano Olympics.
The Salt Lake City Olympic Committee has been under fire since revelations of apparent bribery involving the 2002 Winter Games surfaced two months ago.
Four investigations, including a criminal probe by the Justice Department, are underway into allegations that some International Olympic Committee members accepted lavish gifts and money -- more than $70,000 in one instance -- from Salt Lake boosters trying to win the 2002 Games. The IOC voted for Salt Lake in 1995.
"Despite all the controversy swirling around Salt Lake City these days, I want you to know this is a purely personal decision," said Corradini, the city's first woman mayor.
She said she made the decision with her family over the holidays but had been considering it for some time.
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