I did some online research to find out more about the leaders of Syracuse, the community my family and I will soon call home. I was impressed with Mayor Jamie Nagle's accomplishments. This small Utah city had elected not only a Democrat but a woman to its top political office. I was saddened to learn that Nagle has decided to withdraw from the mayoral race, making Terry Palmer almost certain to win in November. He received more than twice as many votes as the second-place candidate in the primary.
In a letter to the editor of the Standard-Examiner last year, Palmer proudly announced that he considers the theory of evolution to be stupid, that he opposes women's rights and gay rights, and that it is time to put God back in the schools. Nagle has said, "I have always made decisions based on what I sincerely believe is in the best interest of Syracuse city." Obviously, she has changed her basis for decision-making in choosing to hand over the mayoralty to a man who opposes both science and equality.