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A History of Palin Accomplishments: Part 2, Wasilla Mayor 1996 2002
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Posted on 11/19/2010 7:41:40 PM PST by Anamnesis

Nicole Coulter, previously known as Recovering Democrat, published an excellent piece discussing Governor Palin's qualifications versus that of the previous crop of US Presidents:

I think it's worth delving into some detail what Palin has accomplished in her early years. One of the stark differences between Palin and Obama is that her early record is open for all the world the see. Contrastingly, Obama's history is obfuscated by the sealing of his records. The second part of this history is about Palin as Mayor and City manage of Wasilla.

Wasilla Mayor 1996 – 2002

Mayoral Campaign Born

In this doodle on the back of a budget document, then Councilwoman Palin outlined her nascent mayoral campaign (H/T Kenton L). Click photo for full-size image. Notice the “time for change” written in the upper left-hand corner. As Gov. Palin pointed out in Going Rogue, “we were change, before change was cool.”

Executive Summary

During her two three-year terms as Mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin developed her executive and administrative experience, and put her Transformational Leadership skills to the test. Sarah Palin won her Mayoral election with 75% of the vote in a three-way race (Palin, 2009, p. 80). The Mayor’s position of Wasilla is a CEO type job over a multimillion dollar entity (Palin, 2009, p. 69).

1996 AP/Mat-Su Frontiersman photo of Mayor Palin

Reagan Conservatism/Tax Reduction:

(Palin, 2009, p. 78)

Infrastructure Development:

(Palin, 2009, p. 78)

Wasilla became a major commercial center under Mayor Palin. Established small businesses grew, and major national chains opened their doors in Wasilla.

Transformational Leadership:

“This gets at my approach to management. I have a bulletin board filled with coffee-stained dog-eared quotes tacked up along with family photos that has followed me from office to office since 1992. One of my favorite quotes comes from author and former football coach Lou Holtz, on how to build your team: “Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” (Palin, 2009, p. 79).

President, Alaska Conference of Mayors

(Palin, 2009, p. 80)


“We have to work twice as hard to prove we’re half as capable as men think they are….thankfully, it’s not that difficult” (Palin, 2009, p. 80)

Photo Courtesy Kathryn DiFrancesco

From an interview with Amanda Gragert for Capital City Weekly’s (CCW) Spring 2007 publication of Women in Business:

“Our receptionist was at lunch and I sat there answering the phones in the mayor’s office and a guy walks by and says, ‘You’re way too young to be the mayor’s secretary.’ He didn’t know who the mayor was and he thought I was too young to be the secretary. I thought, ‘That’s so cute,’ and I didn’t even correct him and say, ‘I am the mayor.’”

H/T Joe Silva for CCW quote.

Powers and Duties of the Mayor of Wasilla

The 10 Powers and Duties of the Mayor of Wasilla are delineated the Wasilla Municipal Code, Chapter 2.16, Section .020:

A. The mayor is the chief administrator of the city, has the same powers and duties as those of a manager under AS 29.20.005, and shall:

  1. Preside at council meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the council,
    but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a tie;
  2. Act as ceremonial head of the city;
  3. Sign documents on behalf of the city;
  4. Appoint, suspend or remove city employees and administrative officials, except as provided otherwise in AS Title 29 and the Wasilla Municipal Code;
  5. Supervise the enforcement of city law and carry out the directives of the city council;
  6. Prepare and submit an annual budget and capital improvement program for consideration by the council, and execute the budget and capital program as adopted;
  7. Make monthly financial reports and other reports on city finances and operations as required by the council;
  8. Exercise legal custody over all real and personal property of the city;
  9. Perform other duties required by law or by the council; and
  10. Serve as personnel officer, unless the council authorizes the mayor to appoint a personnel officer.

Sarah Palin, then Mayor of Wasilla, AK participated in the 5th Annual Alaska Ladies Charity Classic sporting clays shoot Saturday June 3, 2000, as documented in this famous file photo of her reloading an over-under double-barrel shotgun. The photo was taken by Erik Hill of the Anchorage Daily News (Potosky, 2008).

“The Alaska Ladies Charity Shotgun Classic, is a non-competitive, ladies only 50 target sporting clays event for both novice and experienced shooters” (Grouse Ridge, 2009, p. 2). The Shotgun Classic is “[a] fun event to give women and their families an introduction to enjoy the shooting sports and the outdoors and to raise money for breast cancer awareness.” At the shoot, she wore a jacket with Wasilla’s City Seal emblazoned on it, suggesting that she attended as Mayor, not a private citizen.


2009 Alaska Ladies Charity Shotgun Classic & Couples Fun Shoot. (2009). Grouse Ridge Shooting Grounds. Retrieved September 22, 2009 from:

Spielberger, K. (2007). “So long, Sarah”. Capital City Weekly. Retrieved from:

Palin, S. L. H. (2009). Going Rogue: An American Life. (New York: Harper). pp. 69-81.

Document Central. (n.d.). City of Wasilla. Retrieved July 4, 2010 from:

Potosky, J. (2008, August 29). “Sarah Palin NRA Life Member, Fisherman and Hunter.” The Lost Target. Retrieved September 22, 2009 from:

What are the Duties of the Mayor of Wasilla? (n.d.). Document Central. City of Wasilla. Retrieved July 4, 2010 from:

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1 posted on 11/19/2010 7:41:45 PM PST by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis

It’s brilliant the way Sarah started to control her message over the heads of the MSM. Keep it going Sarah!

She must be so proud of Bristol! If I had to make one small recommendation for Bristol when she is interviewed, is to say kind words about others, such as her partner Mark who is doing such a good job as a teacher, and the other contestants.

It is so awesome to hear the Reagan words, and the Reagan principles come back to life! I see so much of Reagan in her, and love the way her happy warrior demeanor no matter how much nastiness they throw at her, drives the libs absolutely bonkers!

2 posted on 11/19/2010 7:52:08 PM PST by winner3000
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To: Anamnesis


3 posted on 11/19/2010 8:02:06 PM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: steelyourfaith

dancing the BUMP with Sarah

4 posted on 11/19/2010 8:04:33 PM PST by Loud Mime (The new "Thomas Paine" believes in abolishing the Electoral College.....oh well...)
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To: itsahoot

Ping to self

5 posted on 11/19/2010 9:52:06 PM PST by itsahoot (We the people allowed Republican leadership to get us here, only God's Grace can get us out.)
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To: Anamnesis; grey_whiskers; mickey finn; Abbeville Conservative; allmendream; lonestar; trisham; ...
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6 posted on 11/19/2010 10:39:58 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: winner3000

> “It’s brilliant the way Sarah started to control her message over the heads of the MSM.” <

I’d say she’s a smarter than average journalist!

The more I read about her and her qualifications, the more I like her potential as a Presidential Candidate.

Go Sarah!

7 posted on 11/20/2010 1:54:21 AM PST by Joe Marine 76 (Semper Fi!)
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To: Anamnesis

I have worked in Wasilla since 1994 though I am just outside the city limits, and I drive a concrete mixer.

In the years that Palin was mayor Wasilla exploded with growth, we had a Walmart, a Fred Meyers, we had 4 lane divided highways, we had a LOT more traffic lights, actually when I moved here there was only 3 I think at the time.

Yes we got ourselves better paved roads, a lot of new schools, much more choices for buying goods as we had to drive to Anchorage to get most stuff, the growth was so enormous it made notations in the history books at how fast we modernized.

I would not have my 8 acres of land my house, my vehicles and my big boy toys if Wasilla had not explosively grown as it did. Of course its Palins fault, I blame her completely for putting me where I am.

No foreclusure worrie, minimal taxation, that means my land,my house my truck and SUV is all paid for, when Sarah was mayor our family was able to go to either Disneyland or Disneyworld every year for a vacation.

We have prospered.We are safe. We are surviving the worst times right now with almost no ill effects.

And I firmly believe with all of my heart that she can do the same magic for the nation.

If it should be thus allowed.

So this is for the Palin haters, you are being watched.

8 posted on 11/20/2010 2:10:40 AM PST by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: Anamnesis

Bump! This series of articles about Sarah is a brilliant idea. Thank you!

9 posted on 11/20/2010 5:44:59 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: onyx

Thanks for the ping!

10 posted on 11/20/2010 5:45:43 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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