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Teacher, business owner announces candidacy for mayor

Published On: Jun 25 2013 04:18:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 07:15:15 PM CDT

Teacher, business owner announces candidacy for mayor

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

A new candidate is in the running for mayor of Idaho Falls.

Rebecca Casper made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

She moved to Idaho Falls 13 years ago, where she's since started her own business, raised four children and taught classes at Eastern Idaho Technical College and Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Casper said she thinks the city is thriving, but could improve even more if things were run more smoothly behind the scenes.

"I believe in being collegial. I believe in drawing on the strengths of all the people who are involved in the decision-making process," Casper said. "I think that relationships are the way to get things done, when we have as much talent and as much power as we have in our community."

One of the city's biggest issues, Casper said, is coming up with a backup plan for the controversial North Loop power grid project if it gets struck down in court.

Earlier this year, Mayor Jared Fuhriman announced he won't be running for re-election.

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