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.
If only those inside the beltway followed her example.
Now that is quite and inspiring article! Thank you, Mayor, for your fine
***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.
Please run for Governor or the US Senate.You have my vote!...and many more...that is how one serves when in public office!
Donna Evans was the first female Mayor.
WOW, to bad our useless senators in Washington don't believe as she does.
Something worth while might get done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Please run for President! she is more qualified and has more common sense than
our current teleprompter in chief
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.
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.
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.