Great article! Hope she'll be wildly successful as a mayor and then move
on to higher political aspirations like being a woman senator and maybe even run
for President one day. I could really see myself calling her Madame President
Kaufusi, Now won't that be something? Go get it Michelle!
@Musketman"Tooele City elected it's first Female Mayor, wheres
her story"Because its Tooele City, relax just joking, congrats
to Mayor Kaufusi
A nice lady with impressive background, and deserving of election based on her
qualifications, I guess.However, all this hyperbole about "FIRST
WOMAN!!" is ridiculous. Her background growing up in poverty and being
married to a Pacific Islander football star are at least as newsworthy to
highlight. (Republican former governors Nicky Haley and Rick Perry and
Justice Clarence Thomas also have compelling backgrounds rising from
poverty.)Gender has nothing to do with the ability to govern, or
success in politics. Some women mayors are horrible (see Salt Lake City for an
example), and some male mayors are just as bad. Her performance
will be judged by results, not if they were achieved by a man or a woman. She
has a tough act to follow, so the results will be interesting.
It doesn’t make sense to focus on her gender just like it didn’t
make sense to care about the gender of any politician throughout the last 100
years. It makes sense to vote for the right candidate. That’s what
I’m sure Provo citizens have done for the majority of its existence, but
now it has become important to place gender, race, and religion above other
inherent traits/qualities. If Provo was worse off for not having a female mayor
then what explicit Provo policies have dramatically and historically oppressed
women when male mayors ruled the last 100 years? Anyone that cares about the
gender of a mayor knows nothing about taking care of their own life. If you can
vote (as has been the right of every adult in the last 100 years) you
Hurray! A mayor with a womb (my first choice is apparently on the banned word
list even though it's anatomically correct)! Another first for Provo!
Think of all those women who wanted to run for mayor and were legally prohibited
from doing so. Or had better things to do and didn't want to be mayor. If
we had real equality in this world this would be a non-story.
“I didn’t really believe them,” she recalls. “So I
walked up and saw that wall and all those rows and rows and rows of Caucasian
men.....So she will be the first CAUCASIAN female! Whats the point? It not just
males who vote, women vote also. In fact Women hold the majority in this Country
at about 54%, if they want to win, all they have to do is ban together and vote
in force. Quite victim blaming, toward Caucasian males. Pretty sure Caucasian
men were had just as much to do with making this Country the greatest it was,
as anyone else! Also remember, that at some point in time, it was Caucasian
males, that acknowledged and corrected the travesties, that kept Women from
voting, ending slavery, enacting civil rights and so on and so forth. Yes the
entire WORLD has been DOMINATED and run my men of ALL color, for most of
History. Yet also recognize, it was the Caucasian males through out US history,
that stood up to these travesties and do so today to correct the wrongs of
society! On a 2nd note: Tooele City elected its first female
Mayor, wheres her write up? Or is just because Mayor Kaufusi formented
contention with her statement about white males?
“So I walked up and saw that wall and all those rows and rows and rows of
Caucasian men, and they were right — so that made me more determined than
ever.” So what does the new mayor have against Caucasian men? It seems
that this is a very popular way to think now. I thought she won on merit... not
gender! The last mayor (a causation male) was loved by the citizen and did a lot
of good. There is no shame in either gender or nationality... including
Tooele City elected it's first Female Mayor, wheres her story?
Congratulations to Mayor Kaufusi. I am confident she will do a great job for
Great story. What a wonderful success.
Congratulations to Mayor Kaufusi. I'm sure she will make a great Mayor.
She has another great woman on the city council to work with in Kim Santiago.
She is the one that drives things and makes it happen in Provo.
Congratulations, Madame Mayor. Now, having worked for 5 different local
jurisdictions over my 35 year career in public service, may I offer a kind
suggestion: Please do not take the bull-in-a-china-shop approach the female
mayor of Riverton did some years back when she asked for the immediate
resignations of all the professional directors and staff; please do not tolerate
corrupt, conniving "I'm-in-charge" female (or male, too) city
managers or assistants that some cities have had to endure in the SW part of
Salt Lake County; and please carefully avoid the gross mistakes made by the
female mayors in the State's Capital City from either the past or present.
A steady hand, well-thought-out solutions, and involving the advice of
professionals without you taking the credit for everything, will produce a love
and respect for you by the citizens and the city staff that will be literally
unbounded. Certainly you have the potential...Good Luck to you!!
Historical note: the first female Mayor of any US city was Mary Elizabeth
Woolley Chamberlain in Kanab, Utah, in 1911. (Janelle M. Higbee, Women of Faith
in the Latter Days, Vol. 3: 1846-1870, "A Strong and Abiding
Testimony"). Ted Jones
So what's going to change?Will Provo City build a Homeless
Shelter? No.Will water rates go down? No.Will Red Tape
go down? No.Elected officials really don't run anything. If you want change, change the city manager.
Raised in Southern California, but attended BYU in late 60's and 70's.
Sister and her husband and 7 of 8 grown children and families still in the
area. What a great life and story! Cindrella quality. Mother Garrick and
Kaufusi family are champion class. Exciting day and future for city of Provo.
Hope the Cougarettes are there to perform after the swearing in ceremony.
Suggestion: Play Lee Ann Rhymes song "Let Freedom Ring" over
loudspeakers after, and fill the halls! Un-cork the Martinelli's cider and
celebrate. Congratulations, and ring that bell Michelle! Mama is proud, and
she deserves to be - and so are we. I see a Hollywood movie script here. Get
ahold of T.C. Christensen and make it happen. Like Sandra Bullock character in
movie "Blindside". In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico now, so "Felicidades
mujer - atascate, ahora que hay lodo!"
Michelle we do a great job and will be an inspiring leader for the people of
Provo, Utah. She has the skills and determination to do whatever is required of
her. It will be an exciting journey as she learns her new responsibilities......
and we are all prepared to help and support her!
As any happily married man will tell you, women are always the boss! Yes dear!
I wish her the best! Having lost my dad when I was 7, it is a great mother who
makes the difference and I relived my life's experiences growing up through
what Michelle experience. It is different but the spirit of it is still the
same. As Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe
to my angel mother.”
Great story! I hope others will be influenced to seek and pursue their dreams.
Successful leadership is not gender oriented. A successful leader does not lead
by consensus but molds it. Alexander the Great once said, “He is not
afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep. But, he is scared of an army of sheep
led by a lion.” Wish all the best for this new mayor.
I think most people voted for Mrs. Kaufusi because they thought her the best
qualified candidate. I think her up-from-the-bootstraps life is a refreshing
reminder that America and Utah provide opportunity for people to achieve. It is
also a reminder that one not need be a part of the political aristocracy to run
for and get elected to office. I am pleased she had the courage to tackle the
challenge. Best wishes to her as she begins this new venue of service.And thank you Lee Benson for this refreshing news article.
Congratulation Michelle! It is great to see change to a tradition that has
failed to understand and value all of Provo’s residents. Your life’s
experience and courage will move the city forward with new and valuable insight.
I don't think the idea of "boss" of Provo sends out the right
message or the right attitude for mayors. Meanwhile we are reading
about King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon, somone who took no salary to serve -
that's right to "serve" his people and make them more free.
Excellent article; inspiring family. The headline implies there was another
woman mayor 166 years ago.
There will be no equality until it is more important to know about the
mayor's plans for the city than about the mayor's sex and/or gender,
or their race or religion for that matter.
Nobody said progress was easy.
Women are always the boss