Rebecca Casper, American Foundations professor at BYU-Idaho, was elected to be the mayor of Idaho Falls Nov. 5, and will be officially inducted Jan. 9, 2014.
After years of being involved in several community boards and committees, people began approaching Casper about running for Mayor.
Casper said that at first, she was flattered but didn’t seriously consider running. After a few different people approached her, she realized it would be a wonderful way to continue doing what she already had been doing with the community.
“[Running for mayor] made sense,” Casper said. “My kids gave me their thumbs , and after I got their OK, I jumped in.”
Casper’s campaign included three goals: Solve, grow, and enhance.
She said her goal was to solve some problems with the community, grow the economy and enhance the good parts of the city such as beautifying parks and creating opportunities for higher education.
Casper said she plans to have discussions about the possibility of creating a community college for Idaho Falls.
“Being able to teach foundations has sharpened my ability to answer questions on a wide variety of issues,” Casper said. “That’s the objective of American foundations. It’s helped me become more articulate as I seek to teach citizens.”
Casper said one thing she is very excited about is getting more involved with the Idaho National Laboratory.
“We are right here in the backyard of the INL, and I’d really like to show the country what it’s like to be a city that enthusiastically sports its lab,” Casper said.
Casper said teaching at BYU-Idaho has helped her prepare for her experience as mayor.
“Being a part of the BYU-I experience has reminded me how important public processes and education is to the Lord,” Casper said.