My pledge to you

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I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with so many of you since I announced my campaign for Mayor. We have had some great dialogue, and that dialogue will continue if I am elected Mayor.

My pledge to you:

  1. Within the first 120 days of my term we will have a listening tour with each neighborhood. Every neighborhood is unique. This will be a chance for you to interact with the departments in the city and work together for solutions.
  2. I will convene a budget review committee to make recommendations for savings and to improve efficiencies. I want this committee to make a recommendation to the City Council within 90 days of my election. We can make strategic decisions together to improve Provo.
  3. I will be an advocate for the taxpayer. I have a proven track record of this. On the School Board I was for keeping the bond for the schools as low as possible and worked with the other members to keep it low. I will hold the line on spending and taxes.
  4.  I will fight to preserve our unique neighborhoods and protecting agricultural lands. I will use balance and wisdom in my decision making, on this and every other issue facing Provo.

As your Mayor I will strive for excellence in all we do. Excellence in police and fire protection, excellence in city services, and excellence in the city government’s relationship with YOU – the taxpayer.

Please learn more about me by visiting my website – . You might have read things about me that accuse me of all manner of things – read my response here – Learn for yourself about me and my platform, directly from me.

It has been an honor and a privilege to run for Mayor. I am proud of the campaign we have run on the issues and focusing on my platform.

If you haven’t had a chance to meet me, there are a few upcoming events:
August 8 – Meet the Candidates Event, 7:00 PM – Provo Library
August 10 – Meet the Candidates Event, 6:00 – Fort Utah Park

Together we will keep Provo Strong. Please vote for me so we can continue this discussion.


24th of July

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I love the 24th of July holiday in Utah, commemorating the entry of the LDS Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. My great grandparents came across the plains and later settled in Manti. I’m grateful that they came to Utah, and when I lived in Philadelphia we also looked West and longed to return to Utah, specifically Provo.

The Pioneering Spirit of Utah didn’t end in 1847, it continues today. Provo is full of pioneers. We have become known as a city of start-ups. From the technology industry that has brought on Silicon Slopes, Qualtrics, Vivint, and so many others.

VidAngel was founded in Provo with six employees. We are the home of NuSkin, which has invested so much in our downtown.

While we reflect on the past and companies that have started here, I’m excited for what the future will bring. Our Pioneer Spirit of can-do attitude means that there is no problem we cannot solve together. As Mayor, we will build on our past for a bright future. You can learn more about my campaign at

I wanted to let you know of two events I am holding this week. Come and visit with me about how we can keep Provo Strong.

Wednesday, July 26 – 6:30 pm Ice Cream in the Park
Bicentennial Park, 1600 E 1440 S – we will be in one of the pavilions.
Thursday, July 27 – 6:30 pm Let’s talk about Provo
Enlighten Bakery, 43 E Center Street – come and have dessert (on me) and let’s visit about Provo.

Have a happy and safe 24th of July and be careful with those fireworks!


Independence Day

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I love the 4th of July and I love spending it in Provo.

I have fond memories of attending Stadium of Fire, watching the parade, admiring the balloon fest, and watching the Grand Parade.

We live in a wonderful country where we can participate in government. We get to decide our future. These freedoms were put into motion in the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The signers risked everything: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Have a Happy and safe 4th of July

Memorial Day

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On this Memorial Day Weekend, may our thoughts and prayers be with all those who are grieving.

I am reminded of the words of President Abraham Lincoln in his famous Gettysburg Address:

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Tomorrow there is a Memorial Day Service at the Provo City Cemetery (610 S. State Street) at 10am. From the Daily Herald: “Provo’s annual Memorial Day Service will honor of all the servicemen and women who have fought and sacrificed for our country throughout our nation’s history, and all those who are fighting today both at home and abroad. The service will include musical numbers by the Timpview High School Band, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by the Freedom Festival President Sherrie Peterson, and a Veteran Memorial unveiling by Aaron Rittmanic. Steve Shallenberger will be the keynote speaker, and the program will conclude with a 21-gun salute by Metro SWAT and Provo Police Honor Guard, with the Taps bugle call by Timpview High School Band. Active duty and veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms.”

I love that in Provo we honor our heroes.

I am grateful for those who have served our nation, may we always remember their sacrifices.

Michelle Kaufusi

Campaign Update

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It has been a whirlwind experience since I announced my campaign for Provo mayor. I’m overwhelmed with the calls, emails, and text messages encouraging me to run, and thank you for your generous offers to volunteer with my campaign.

Since announcing I have met with citizens from every neighborhood to learn more about the individual needs in each community. I have met with many business owners to see what they are doing to better our community and what they need from the City to continue to thrive.

I was humbled by the large crowd that showed up to my campaign kickoff at the Provo Rec Center. Thank you for being there! I love this community and all that Provo is. I purposely chose a community gathering place where all would feel welcome to attend.  This race is about our future together.

There’s a very real energy in Provo right now. We need a mayor who can keep the momentum and lead us into a bright future. I believe I am the person to do that. I believe my experience has prepared me for it.

Allow me to share just some of that experience.

Serving on the School Board I have been involved in many decisions that impact everyone in our community. As a School Board, we don’t just discuss classroom curriculum, we manage about $320 million in assets, and an annual budget of over $120 million. (If you want to see the budget you can click here) Over the last 3 years I have played an integral role in overseeing the construction of 4 new elementary schools and the new Provo High. Our school maintenance problem had been kicked down the road for far too long. It took courage and leadership to get things done.
When it comes to our children and our city’s needs, there is nothing more important and I will never back down from a challenge when it comes to them.



Our neighborhoods must be safe places to raise our families. This is one of the primary reasons so many of us choose to live here. For the last 3 years I have served on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Provo Police Department. With my fellow board members, I work with the Police Department to ensure citizen needs are met. We meet monthly with police officers and Mayor Curtis. I am closely watching the new police chief hiring process and look forward to meeting working with our new chief. I am closely watching the new police chief hiring process and look forward to meeting with and working with them.

Working on the Communities that Care Coalition Board has given me experience with groups like the United Way, Utah County Health Department, Provo City and others in raising healthy, successful and considerate youth.

Watch my introductory campaign video here.

You, the citizens of Provo, are the real magic of this place. I’m excited for our future because of people like you. I would be honored if you would give me the chance to lead Provo into an even brighter future.

Follow me on Facebook; Twitter; and Instagram.


I’m proud of the endorsements and support I have. You can visit my website and learn more about my campaign.

(801) 319-4999

Campaign Kickoff

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On Wednesday night we held our formal campaign kickoff.  I am grateful for all the support from the community. Every section of Provo was represented and so many volunteered to help.

Below is part of the speech I gave.

I have three core desires for Provo that I’d like to share with you.

First, I want to keep Provo Provo. We have an amazing heritage, a hometown feel. I will fight to keep that.

Second, I want to keep the forward momentum of Provo. To build on the great things that have been happening here that make people want to live here.  There’s a vibrancy and energy here that hasn’t always been here. I want build on that.

And third, I want to ensure we attract and keep businesses, because having a Provo that’s good for business, is ultimately good for all of us. Having a strong business community will help us keep a strong Provo.

So if you want someone with a deep love for our heritage, I ask you to join us.

If you want someone with a commitment to our future and the ability to get tough things done, I ask you to join this campaign.

And if you want someone who is experienced, trusted, and invested, please join us.

Happy New Year

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As I reflect on 2016 I am grateful for so many things.  I hope that you and yours were able to enjoy the holidays and look forward to a great 2017.

My family and I were able to spend Christmas morning serving food to those less fortunate. Our community is one that rallies around those in need.


We were able to get our traditional picture with Santa when my son and his wife surprised me on Christmas Eve.  I had no idea they were coming in to town.


You might have heard about the other news in my life in 2016; I am running for Provo Mayor.  The campaign is about to officially get underway. Visit my website ( to learn more and to sign up as a volunteer.

Here is to a prosperous 2017!


Thank you!

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I am so thankful for all the support since I announced my campaign.  The text messages, phone calls, and e-mails mean the world to me.  I am grateful for the volunteers who have signed up and the generous donations to the campaign.

Provo rocks!

School Board Member Michelle Kaufusi Announces Bid for Provo Mayor

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November 3, 2016

School Board Member Michelle Kaufusi Announces Bid for Provo Mayor

Provo—Provo School District board member and former chair Michelle Kaufusi has announced her bid for mayor of Provo.

Her decision came after prodding from others, including prominent civic and business leaders, she says. “I’m thankful to those of you who have encouraged me to do this,” says Kaufusi. “I am proud of all the support from friends and neighbors in Provo. We have over $40,000 in pledges and a fantastic volunteer team ready to spread our positive vision for Provo’s future. I will visit every precinct in Provo and knock on as many doors as I can.”

Kaufusi’s announcement comes on the heels of Mayor Curtis’s announcement earlier this week that he will not seek another term. His term will expire in January, 2018, with elections for the next Provo mayor to be held in November, 2017.

“I’ve known and admired Michelle Kaufusi for years” says Gayle Chandler who has known Kaufusi for years and observed her work in the community, including on Provo’s school board.. “She is someone who has dedicated herself to improving many areas of our community. Michelle’s experience as President of the Provo School Board is one example of her excellent leadership capacity. She is personable, energetic, and caring.  When she recognizes a need, she problem solves for a solution and reaches out to all involved to implement it. Provo would be fortunate to have her as our mayor.”

Kaufusi’s supporters cite her experience as one of her greatest assets. “Serving is what Michelle does,” says Liz Paxman, neighbor and Provo educator. “My husband calls her a ‘servant-leader.’ She sees a need, figures out what needs to be done, and then does it, no matter the obstacles. And she does it without ruffling feathers. She preserves relationships, even with those who see things differently. That’s a rare talent.”

Provo superintendent Keith C. Rittell also praises Kaufusi’s leadership. “It has been my good fortune to work with Michelle for more than four years. I have known her to be courageous and very dedicated to getting things right. She is willing to listen and provide answers to all people on a wide variety of issues. She maintains civility even in times of disagreement. I have seen her study issues in depth to be prepared to make the very best decisions possible.”

Kaufusi’s experience includes her role on the Board of Trustees of the Utah High School Athletic Association, as well as committees ranging from the Citizen’s Advisory Board for Provo City to the Community Councils for Rock Canyon Elementary and Timpview High School.  Michelle also serves on the steering committee for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center hospital replacement project.

Born and raised in Provo, Kaufusi says she loves the city and its people. “Provo is full of talented, capable citizens–you, my neighbors,” she says.  “I’m honored to rub shoulders with you. And if you’ll give me the privilege of being your mayor, I pledge to give my all to serving you in that capacity.”

The candidate says she is already dedicating herself to the role she seeks. “The election for mayor is about a year away. But I’m already working steadily on this. In addition to doing my school board and other duties, I’ve been attending city council meetings, visiting with you about your concerns, and formulating plans. If you have an issue that’s important to you, I want to hear about it.” Kaufusi has listed her cell phone, 801-319-4999, and email address,, saying “I want Provo to have in their mayor a leader for all of us, so please join the conversation.” She is also accepting pledges of support, donations, and offers to volunteer at, where more information is available about her and candidacy.