Take government and remove the cynicism, the politics and the personal disputes and conflicts among lawmakers and the end result is effective small-town policy making `a la Bluffdale.

Cindy Holt, first-time councilwoman on the Bluffdale City Council is the epitome of the personal representation that makes small-town councils work so effectively."Like I say, I'm new. I'm not a politician, I'm just a concerned citizen," the lifelong resident of Bluffdale says.

Holt reviewed her life in one of the Salt Lake Valley's tiniest cities and with a keen interest in the town's affairs, decided to run for a vacant City Council seat last November.

"I've always been very interested in it. I'm one of the old-timers that remembers what Bluffdale used to be. I think I have a concern as to what happens here," she said.

Taking her seat Jan. 7, Holt joined Mayor and father Lee Wanlass in overseeing their home city. Their relationship initially made her wary of running for office, but the urge to become involved overcame her early hesitancy.

Holt balances her life and civic duties with a husband and three children and a 30-hour-a-week hair-style business she operates at home. The juggling "keeps me busy," she says, but has yet to interfere with her personal life.