Idaho Falls Mayor Elect Discusses Future Plans for City

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Updated: 11/06/2013 7:31 pm

Idaho Falls will start the New Year with a new mayor. Not
only did Rebecca Casper receive enough votes to avoid a costly runoff, she
ended up with more votes than the other three challengers combined. Still she
admits that she never once thought she had it in the bag.

“It wasn’t about the thrill of winning something,” said
Casper. It was about the humility and the gratitude that I feel toward all the
people who helped me.”

And that includes the voters who overwhelmingly supported
her ideas for the future of the city.

"The vision all along has been the campaign platform:
solving problems, growing the economy and enhancing the community,” said
Casper. “I think right off the bat we are going to see some opportunities with
respect to enhancing and working well with laboratory and working on Idaho’s
nuclear mission.”

Specifically, she wants to know exactly what role Idaho
Falls plays in relation to the INL and how they can work together to further benefit
the community.

She also wants to make city government more open to its residents.
And while she won’t officially be the mayor until January, Rebecca says there
are some things she can do now to help hit the ground running.

“I think things are already starting,” said Casper. “I would
like to be able to roll out applications for those citizen review committees
that I’ve talked about, and that people have really warmed up to that idea. And
so we’ll try to have those applications available next week.”

We also asked her about jobs and she said it’s important to
get the message out that Idaho Falls is a great place to live and do business.
She said that many people don’t realize that the electricity rates in the city
are among the lowest in the nation.

Rebecca Casper will have to wait another month to see who
will fill out the City Council. City Council seats two, four, and six will all
be decided in a runoff election.

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