'Little Bulldog' will take a break; the housewife and mother who became mayor

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  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    Could you move to New Mexico and run for governor so I can vote for you? We need more government leaders like this. Seen on a bumper sticker today:
    Politicians worry about the next election.
    Leaders worry about the next generation.
    Thanks for being a leader instead of a politician.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    The people who will best serve our interests are highly unlikely to get elected. That's because getting elected, and then working to get re elected, is too much of a money (and monkey) business. One term, for everyone from the dog catcher to the president. I'd like to start there, and thereby remove the career from career politician.

  • Jimb03 Salt Lake City/ USA, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    Good for her. One thing, though. She says that "Government functions best when people are not career politicians. It turns into a situation where they care more about getting re-elected than making good decisions," which I agree with. However, doesn't changing the office to a full-time position motivate people to be career politicians? I know that I would want to continue running for mayor if I had a large salary, and if I am working as mayor full-time then I'm really developing skills that are probably most ideal for a career in politics.

    Either way, she sounds like a pretty incredible person to be able to handle all she has on her plate so well.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 2, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Please run for President! she is more qualified and has more common sense than our current teleprompter in chief

  • abrielsdad Orem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    Wow! What a dynamo. Not only does Melissa embody the values and traits of people we admire, she actually lives the principles she espouses. Too bad we don't have more politicians like this woman. So here's the pertinent question for the day: Who's going to play her in the movie? She reminds me of some of the characters Holly Hunter played when she was prominent in Hollywood.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    This article just reinforces the notion that EVERY office should have a term limit. Politicians spend too much time "politicking" for re-election than they do serving their constituents. Get in, get the job done, get out.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    I'll add my words of congratulation and gratitude to someone who shows what **real** public "service" is all about. How I yearn for more such politicians.

  • ProvoLow Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    I'm saddened a little bit by the chorus of people telling her that she should run for higher office. A more productive route (and one I think she might endorse!) would instead be to follow her example, and get involved yourself. The only way we can get more politicians "like her" is if more new people rise to the same level of service and get involved in the political process.

    If she were to capitulate and continue running for higher office, how many years would go by before she became one of the very career politicians she has railed against in the past? I think that's just the way the system works when anyone stays in it for too long.

  • RN4moms Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    In the 90s they voted on making the position full-time when Ken Miller was Mayor. He was an excellent Mayor and chose not to run again because it was too hard to do a good job in such an evolving city while working another full time job. He also believed that there should be no career politicians but one more term would have made a huge difference. He would have done it for half this current salary (though that is the going rate and reasonable) but it would have been enough. That narrow margin loss was West Jordan's big loss! Glad they've finally made it happen under Mayor Johnson's tenure so she has accomplished a very important feat to put WJ in line with the nearby cities. Congratulations!

  • shadow01 ,
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    Don't you folks out there in Utah know how to Draft or do a concerted write in campaign? This one's a keeper. Don't let her get away.

  • CynicJim Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    Johnson's attempt to pass that monumental tax increase doesn't support the altruistic painting of someone that is a fiscal idealist, ESP in the face of the white elephant of a library.

  • DavisMan Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 5:39 a.m.

    WOW, to bad our useless senators in Washington don't believe as she does. Something worth while might get done.

  • Milo P Otis West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 1:04 a.m.

    Donna Evans was the first female Mayor.

  • 4 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    Please run for Governor or the US Senate.

    You have my vote!

    ...and many more...that is how one serves when in public office!

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    ***GASP!*** Doesn't she realize that she has 'seniority' in her office and that her city cannot do without her because she is the only one who can get things done??? (Are you taking notes, Orrin Hatch, Rob Bishop, and all the rest of the career politicians? This is how a public servant acts. They do their part. They do it well. And then they make way for new blood and ideas.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 1, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    Now that is quite and inspiring article! Thank you, Mayor, for your fine example.

  • BYR West Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    If only those inside the beltway followed her example.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Dec. 1, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    How ironic, the one person I'd support in a re-election whose values I admire refuses to run citing that career politicians tend to make decisions best for their career not necessarily the best decision. I wish we had more people like her. Obviously she has no fear of becoming a part of the private sector and producing a good or service.