J.P. HUGHES, M.D.
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Wilson and Hughes get nod in mayoral contest
AUGUST 30th - Albert C. Jones Publisher
There are moments in the body politic when one must show up and make a decision. This is one such moment in time.
In the Salt Lake City mayoral campaign, we favor Jenny Wilson and Dr. J.P. Hughes.
Our choices were not difficult. These are diverse times in which we live. Please pardon our play on words, but no other observation or defining phrase is as succinct as saying who we are as saying these are the diversity times. No doubt Salt Lake City is the best example of diversity in our state.
...Wilson loves Salt Lake City.
Speaking of love and compassion, Dr. Hughes has been a caregiver most of his life.
To see him with his adult children is to see and hear familial bonding. Dr. Hughes' adult children are nice people. They are gracious and courteous.
How could we go wrong favoring someone whose practice is to "first do no harm?"
Ignore the polling data and vote your heart first and your conscience second. Vote for Dr. Hughes and vote for a kind and compassionate servant of the people. Witness to this is thousands of patient records in his medical office at St. Mark's Hospital. Treatment given was one patient at a time.
Get out and Vote. Make this a campaign season a communal experience.
Call up a senior citizen. Go pick them up and take them to the polls. Then go out and have a fellowship meal and recall the times when "Give us the ballot!" was the thundering rejoinder heard incessantly across the American Landscape. Chow down thinking about democracy and give a healthy burp savoring freedom.
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (2007-08-31)
J.P. Hughes is a 64-year old physician who has traveled the world, bringing medical supplies to hospitals as far away as Argentina, and India. Closer to home, he's passionate about helping the city's poor and representing ordinary Salt Lakers in City Hall. KUER's Jenny Brundin has this profile. © Copyright 2007, kuer
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Surgeon takes delight in S.L. mayoral race
Deseret Morning News July 28, 2007 By Doug Smeath
For someone who spends his days working with diseased colons, Jay Preston Hughes is an upbeat guy. In the midst of his long-shot mayoral campaign, Hughes, 65, a colorectal surgeon who goes by J.P., regularly exclaims, "Can you believe this? Isn't this wonderful?"
He utters that comment whether discussing the turnout at his historic West Temple home for a campaign event, the view of the city from the balcony at that home or his nervousness before a candidate forum. When he's talking about the things he loves — his family, his home, his medical practice, Salt Lake City — it's with the zeal of someone who can't believe how lucky he is.
He's reveling in the fun he's having on the campaign trail, even as the most recent financial disclosures and poll results show him near the bottom of the pack. Only Meghan Holbrook, who has dropped out of the race, and John Renteria, who hadn't reported raising any money, had raised less. Three other candidates — Rainer Huck, Quinn Cady McDonough and Robert Muscheck — had not entered the race at that point.
Earlier this month, a Dan Jones & Associates poll of 400 Salt Lake residents who said they were likely to vote showed Hughes pulling in only 2 percent of the respondents' support among the mayoral candidates.
Even when he addresses his underdog status, he jokes and colors it with some optimism. "I really think I have a good chance, in a weird sort of way," he says. "You have to think you're going to win, but you don't want to be phony about it."
Hughes is a registered Republican and a bishop at a University of Utah singles ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a city that hasn't elected a GOP mayor since Jake Garn in 1971 or an LDS mayor since Ted Wilson in 1975.
But Hughes dismisses the role of his partisan and religious identification in the campaign — and caps it off with a joke. "I'm more of an independent guy," he says. "I really don't carry the water of the Republican Party. Why do I have to get beat up? And it's nonpartisan. It shouldn't even matter. Should I just tell them I'm a Democrat? Would that help? 'Listen to me. I'm a Democrat.'"
Although his life's work has been in medicine, this is not his first foray into politics. He touts his political experience, and he always starts with a list from his formative years: junior high school student council, senior class president in high school, governor of Boys State. As an adult, he has run for several partisan offices but never won. In 1976, he sought the Republican nomination to replace Democrat Allan Howe in the U.S. House of Representatives. The GOP instead put Dan Marriott on the ballot, and Marriott went on to beat Howe. Hughes also ran for a seat in the state Legislature in 1988 but got out of that race after questions arose about his residency in the district. And he ran unsuccessfully for the state Republican Party's chairmanship.
All the while, he was working in his private surgical practice. He successfully ran for the chairmanship of the Utah Immunization Action Committee, presidency of the Utah Medical Association and presidency of the Utah Cancer Society.
He sees this run for mayor as a way to cap his lifelong interest in politics. But he credits his first thoughts of running to Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, whose vocal role in national and international politics — especially his criticisms of President Bush — stirred Hughes' desire to offer a counterpoint.
"You usually make an emotional decision and you back it up intellectually," Hughes says. "I was disappointed in Rocky and embarrassed by him."
If Hughes is elected, on the top of his list is a city-run health-insurance supplement to provide coverage for the uninsured. He models his plan after San Francisco's. Another goal would be to increase a spirit of restoration and preservation in Salt Lake's neighborhoods. He wants to offer tax credits to homeowners who add improvements to their property.
But Hughes says his top priority is to change the tone of city government. He wants to foster a cooperative spirit that allows residents, elected officials and city employees to work together on whatever is most important to the community.
"There's so many issues related to just getting along with each other and the civility of working together," he says. "I seriously think I can get people of all different attitudes and ethnic diversity together — I've treated them in my office for 35 years. I'm kind to everybody. I treat everybody the same. Every colon looks the same."
Hughes vows that he's in the race to win it, but he calls the campaign an experience that he will cherish whether he wins or loses. He lists the things he has learned with the wonder of a school kid reciting the day's lessons.
"Seeing the ethnic diversity in this city just blows my mind. It's unbelievable. I've really loved that," he says. "I hate to use the word 'liberalize,' but whoever you are, after you go through this experience of running for mayor or doing anything else like this, you become a lot more liberal about everything you think about. You cannot stay in that little sheltered, know-it-all box."
Then there's his new exposure to technology since a meeting with Midvale Mayor Joanne Seghini. "She said, 'Well, you're going to need a Web site.' To be really honest, I didn't know exactly what she meant. Is that sad? I'm older — that thing just passed me by. But we got this Web site."
His favorite thing about the campaign so far? The other candidates. "They're all nice people," he says. In fact, when fellow candidate John Renteria landed in jail recently for violating his probation on an old traffic offense, Hughes paid him a visit. The two didn't know each other before the campaign; now each man calls the other a great friend.
"It's like the Lord said: 'Knock and it shall be opened unto you,"' he says. "I'm knocking on the door to become mayor. I'm not sure that's the door I'm going to go through, but some other door down the street there has been opened — in friendship, in learning how to use the Web site and all of the things I have done, and meeting these people from all over the planet who live right here in Salt Lake City. And I'm not kidding, they're the nicest people."
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MEDIA SPOTLIGHT: Dr. J.P. Hughes explains the vision of the Jones-Hughes Park restoration project to a KSL news crew. (KSL story aired during the Days of 47' Pre-Parade Show on July 24th)
Spanish Fork's Own Pioneer Park
By Christy Hardman STAFF WRITER July 18, 2007
Spanish Fork has a little pocket of pioneer memories tucked away along Main Street.
On 143 S. Main Street there is an old home that has been completely renovated. It belonged to David H. Jones who built it in 1911-1912. Now Jones's granddaughter, Elaine Jones Hughes, and her husband J.P. own the home, and have worked to turn the entire property into a sanctuary of the pioneer past. Through the years, Elaine and J.P. have worked to acquire and move several pioneer cabins and other buildings onto the property, and they open it up to the public. Elaine said they consider themselves in a small way, curators of the past, and they love to share what they have learned with others.
The park is open every July 24 for the public to come and see first hand authentic pioneer antiques and cabins, but Elaine clarifies that they don't actually open their house for touring.
The property is also the place for the Fiesta Days quilt show. Elaine said the quilts are beautiful draped along the property, and even hung directly on to the house.
"We especially like to have pioneer quilts hung on the house." Elaine said.
Some years the Hughes family has had blacksmithing, soap making, spinners, basket weavers and other pioneer craftsmen at work at the park on July 24.
The first log cabin on the site was donated by the Henry/Hansen family over 15 years ago. Their pioneer ancestors, Peter and Elena Hansen on Spanish Fork built it, and the Hansen family wanted to preserve it, but needed the property where the cabin was situated for other purposes, so they donated it to Elaine and J.P. who moved it to their property.
Another cabin on the site belonged to Archibald Gardiner from Salt Lake, but his son Neil Gardiner, was a prominent Spanish Fork citizen so the cabin was moved to the Spanish Fork site as well. Archibald Gardiner is the great[great paternal] grandfather of J.P. Hughes.
Another cabin on the site was belonged to David Abbot Jenkins (Ab Jenkins), and it is the second oldest log cabin in Spanish Fork history. Ab Jenkins was born in the cabin in 1883. The Hughes family turned this cabin into a cobbler show with authentic cobbler tools and tables. It was dedicated at the 2006 Fiesta Days Celebration on July 24, 2006.
There is also a mill at the site that came from Leland and a pump house that had its origins in Salt Lake.
The pump house was so named because it has a 200 gallon copper tank that the pioneers filled everyday with water by wind power or else pumped by hand. Gravity would pull the water by pipes down into the kitchen so the housewives could have running water.
"It wasn't pure enough to drink, and they still didn't have indoor bathrooms, but at least they had running water in the kitchen." Elaine said.
Elaine said they have more plans for the park, which include a Native American Hogan Indian lodge and an authentic pioneer dug out.
When the pioneers first come to the valley, many of them spent their first year in dugouts in Spanish Fork that they nicknamed it "Gopherville."
Elaine said they also want to do a Welsh and Icelandic museum. "There are so many people from Spanish Fork and Salem that are of that descent we want to honor that heritage."
The Hughes family is still on the look out for more old buildings to expand the pioneer memorial site.
Elaine said that it all started when she and he husband bought her grandparent's home, and together with their children worked to renovate it.
"We just wanted to start a work project for the children." Elaine said. "They were all raised in Salt Lake City, but their ancestral roots are here. We wanted to give them a small town experience and purchasing the house was the beginning."
Elaine's said her children did all of the painting and much of the restoration, including hauling trash out of the yard and re-landscaping. Elaine said they learned the value of hard work, as well as learning to appreciate they forbears.
But the could not do all of the restoration themselves and so they brought in a carpenter, Linden Christensen, who has since passed away. Elaine said she is still looking for a good carpenter that likes doing restoration work so they can move forward on some other plans.
When the house was completed, it was put on the register of national and state historic sites.
"That was such an exciting thing to have it put on the register and we wanted to do something else on the property of historic value. Log cabins have been called the signature of the west, and they are disappearing."
That was when they started their search for pioneer cabins, and the search continues. Elaine said many people in the Spanish Fork community have donated rare machinery or antique items for display.
"We've had some really spiritual experiences in all of this," Elaine said. "It's become bigger than we ever dreamed. And we hope it will continue to grow."
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Back of mayoral field touts abilities. By Rosemary Winters The Salt Lake Tribune 05/04/2007
Three candidates trailing the pack in the race for Salt Lake City mayor staked their claims to the top job at a debate this week.
J.P. Hughes, a surgeon; John Renteria, director of Centro Civico Mexicano, and Robert Comstock, a middle-school teacher, discussed downtown development, cultural divides and social services at a debate hosted by KUER's Doug Fabrizio at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics.
Combined, the three control less than 2 percent of the vote, according to a recent poll. But on Wednesday, they argued that their experience in community service, not politics, should sway the public. The five other declared candidates - Ralph Becker, Dave Buhler, Keith Christensen, Nancy Saxton and Jenny Wilson - either have held or now occupy elected office.
"The best-qualified candidates don't have to be elected policymakers or officials," Renteria said, adding that was the case with Salt Lake City Mayors Rocky Anderson and Ted Wilson when they ran for the post. "That point is really missing in these discussions. We hope that the people out here are also looking at who we are, what we are."
Comstock touted his service to homeless people, troubled youths and other "marginalized members of our community."
Hughes talked about his lifetime of service in health care and his work as a volunteer at the now-closed Oxbow Jail. Renteria, a Latino, said it's time for the city to elect a "Chicano or a Hispanic mayor" to bridge the gap between the city's east and west sides. He said he would work to bring economic development to the west side and make North Temple a grand entryway for visitors arriving from Salt Lake City International Airport.
Renteria likened his political style to Anderson's and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, but Hughes called Anderson's protests of President Bush "inappropriate." "The idea of not welcoming the president of the United States to Salt Lake City really was an embarrassment to me," Hughes said, referring to a protest rally Anderson spoke at during Bush's visit last year.
Comstock said, as mayor, he would be a "facilitator" and get things done in a "less confrontational way."
Hughes, a Republican, and Comstock avoided naming their party affiliations when asked about "political ideology." Renteria touted his involvement in the Democratic Party and said he leans to the "left."
The mayor's race is officially nonpartisan but a Republican has not been elected to the post since the 1970s. Renteria opposes the LDS Church's plans to build a sky bridge over Main Street, connecting portions of the planned City Creek Center. He expressed distaste for a "religious institution" reshaping downtown. Hughes and Comstock welcomed the sky bridge. "I love the idea of the skywalk," Hughes said, expressing confidence in the entire project.
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They may be far from the top tier in a crowded field of candidates, but three candidates — a schoolteacher, a colorectal surgeon and a longtime community activist — insist they have what it takes to be Salt Lake City's next mayor.
Middle-school wood-shop teacher Robert Comstock, surgeon J.P. Hughes and Centro Civico Mexicano director John Renteria faced off Wednesday at the final of four meet-the-candidates forums hosted by KUER FM90 at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. Together, the three garnered the support of less than 2 percent of respondents to a Dan Jones & Associates poll conducted in early April. But the three candidates seemed unperturbed by those numbers.
"You don't have to click away through any training sessions to be part of American politics," Hughes said.
The underdogs tackled a handful of issues head-on Wednesday, from downtown development to presidential politics, and they didn't pull any punches.
"I was somewhat disturbed or bothered by a billion-dollar investment by a religious institution into a business venture in a downtown," Renteria said in reference to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' plans to build the 20-acre City Creek Center. "Of course, they can do whatever they want with their money. On the other hand, there is a lot of humanitarian need they could do with their money."
On Mayor Rocky Anderson's outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq and his history of protesting during President Bush's visits to Salt Lake City, Hughes said, "It's very inappropriate. (Anderson's) seat is a seat of power. My seat would be a seat of service."
On the controversial issue of a skybridge proposed for City Creek Center, Hughes said, "I love the idea of the skywalk."
Comstock also said he could support a skybridge but was less emphatic.
"We should acknowledge the tremendous investment the LDS Church is making," he said. "The office of mayor is to mediate that with the interests of the rest of the community, so everyone is represented and the interests of every interest group is represented in the development of the downtown area."
He said the City Council and Planning Commission must pore over the plans very carefully before signing off on the final design.
Renteria said the skybridge would serve the needs of City Creek Center tenants but would do little for the rest of downtown.
The three all agreed more effort should be made to draw business to the west side, an issue that has long been a focal point of Renteria's.
"I've got some real concerns in terms of economic development that we're not paying attention to the west side," Renteria said.
Hughes expressed optimism that the west's time is coming. "The future of the city is the west side," he said.
In an officially nonpartisan race, the three were asked to define their political ideologies. Many of the upper-tier candidates have easily identified party affiliations through previous elected office or other means. Hughes has said he is a Republican, and Comstock said he is a Democrat.
Renteria has run for several offices as a Democrat and currently serves as a party precinct chairman. Ideologically, he places himself somewhere between Anderson and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin: "pretty much aligned progressive and liberally with the majority of the population here in the city."
Comstock didn't put a label on his ideology, saying only that his experience working with Salt Lake City's homeless has given him an emphasis on the socio-economic issues of those in need.
Hughes touted his professional experience as giving him insight into the needs of those who lack health insurance. The other candidates for mayor are House Minority Leader Ralph Becker, D-Salt Lake; current City Councilman Dave Buhler; former Councilman Keith Christensen; current Councilwoman Nancy Saxton; and current County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson.
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THE DIVERSITY TIMES April 2007 ISSUE:Candidates' Views 2007 Mayoral candidate's medical career a service in humanity
By J. P. Hughes - Diversity Times request for candidate authored submission
ETHNICITY & DIVERSITY Ethnic comes from a Latin word ‘ethnicus’ which means national or people.
A second meaning relates to races or large groups of people classed according to common traits and customs. These classes have race as a central interest and regard ones own cultural group as superior to others.
As a studied science, ethnicity is about the division of mankind into races, their origin, distribution, relations, and characteristics. It has to do with distinguishing character, tone or guiding beliefs.
Diversity means being different. The Latin ‘diversus’ means differing from another or ‘unlike.’
I love the fact that the word diverticulitis comes from the same root word and I have spent my life in medicine treating this problem. I have seen every ethnic and different culture in my office during my thirty-three years of medical practice. I have operated on and cared for all diverse people of this planet and I have the greatest respect and appreciation for this ‘window’ into ethnicity.
I have seen through the differences and believe that we are more alike than we differ. All colons look the same.
In Einstein’s Theory of Relativity the physics that explain the world and solar systems all depend on the observer’s location. An estimated 16 percent of Salt Lake City’s population is multicultural – in our city of reference we can observe diversity as we find our own relativity.
We are going to interpret diversity from our place of reference. We are going to see what we are looking for.
My place of reference has been a surgical practice with patients from India, Nepal, China, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Canada, Iceland, Greenland, El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Hungry, Czechoslovakia, Spain, Portugal,, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Ghana, Sudan, Somalia, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Israel and every State in the U.S. My office décor is made up of eclectic and innumerable mementos and trinkets from everywhere on earth. Patients have given me these tokens that I treasure.
My interest and love of these patients and my curiosity of the world have given me the inspiration and energy to visit almost every one of these places with my wife Elaine. We have seen the world, but more importantly we have seen the people in their homes and lands. We have been treated with kindness and friendship and the union of our differences became a mutual appreciation. I love these people of all lands, nations, cultures and wanted their diversity and smiles to represent my place of reference. These faces of the places, the smiles received and the exchange of friendship through the lense of civility make up the Photo Gallery on my campaign website.
As Mayor of Salt Lake City I will be as inclusive of diversity and ethnicity as I have been for my entire life. I love working with people and most of the time forget that we may come from worlds apart. I have tried to learn phrases from most of the places we have traveled and I use them in the office to soften the blow of anxiety.
I honestly believe that I can communicate with anyone on the planet with interest, humor and honesty.
We are different from each other in many attitudes, cultures, characteristics, beliefs, race, origins, gender, religions and distributions and we are divided by them. The trick is to know more about each other and listen with kindness to each other.
As we become more understanding of one another we change our place of reference. We will begin to look for the good, observe it and learn from it.
When we respect our differences and realize our similarities we really do see what we are looking for - we see ourselves in others. [End]
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RUNNING THE CITY: Part I By Zach Abend
Your Guide to the 2007 Mayoral Candidates: Conversation with J. Preston Hughes.
J. Preston Hughes describes himself as a "uniter" and says, "A mayor should be a listener," someone who will heed the wishes of the city council and community rather than trade barbs with his opponents. Hughes exudes congeniality. And given that he is 65 years old and still going strong, Hughes may be onto something.
A colorectal surgeon by trade and a Republican by affiliation, Hughes emphasizes further development in the city. He would create a corridor of high-tech businesses near the International Business Center and connect it to downtown via TRAX. The people who invested and worked on developing the northwest quadrant should be allowed to build "businesses and golf courses and homes there," Hughes says. "I don't think Salt Lake City should have blocked development there."
Although Hughes would continue Rocky Anderson's policies of helping local businesses by lending them money, he is also a fan of big box development generally, and Wal-Mart specifically. "Wal-Mart's great," Hughes exclaimed. "They provide a huge sales tax revenue to the city." He did express concerns about Wal-Mart's failure to provide affordable health insurance for its employees.
The reduction of water use is important to Hughes. He wants to encourage Salt Lake residents to use arid planting schemes for their gardens. He is a proponent of offering financial incentives to induce water conservation. He spoke of using a system of dikes and levees to capture the water runoff from Mill Creek and City Creek for use by the city.
Hughes seemed cautious about whether to continue Mayor Anderson's executive orders mandating an affirmative action program in city hiring. "You don't want to hire someone who isn't qualified," Hughes said. "If it gets minorities who normally wouldn't be hired but are competent, then I favor it." He added, "I can't see myself making hiring decisions arbitrarily." Hughes would, however, unequivocally continue Mayor Anderson's executive order banning discrimination against city employees on the basis of race, creed or sexual orientation.
Hughes believes that immigration laws should not be enforced by the Salt Lake Police Department. "We don't need people being afraid of the police," he said. Nor would he require evidence of citizenship for immigrants to gain access to educational or medical services.
Hughes' sunny optimism, social conservatism, fondness for big picture ideas rather than specific details and preference to delegate authority are Reaganesque. These qualities will make him quite attractive to a segment of Salt Lake City voters. catalystmagazine.net
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Friday, January 5, 2007 By Heather May
Surgeon and History Buff has Run for Public Office in Utah Before
J. Preston Hughes wants to use his skills as a doctor-collaborating, listening and helping people-- at City Hall.
The colon and rectal surgeon announced Thursday he is running for Salt Lake City Mayor. And the doctor, who has run unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress and the Utah House, characterized his platform in terms of CPR: Community, [Preservation], and Restoration. Hughes, 64, said he supports plans to expand the city west of the SLC International Airport, where 19,000 acres of land sits undeveloped but is undergoing master planning by the city. He hopes to see affordable homes, TRAX lines and technological businesses take root.
The man who spent time in Nicaragua and Russia delivering free medical services and supplies also wants to support the Salt Lake City School District's Horizonte School and its students who are learning English. And the history buff-he has restored two historic homes in his Spanish Fork hometown and has spent 18 years renovating an 1896 mansion downtown that is new his home-suggests offering city incentives to encourage preservation of old buildings. He made his announcement inside the 111-year-old mansion at 137 N. West Temple. He also wants to find ways to encourage more homeowners to install drought-tolerant landscaping
Finally, Hughes called for a "kinder city. Political and social issues do not have to divide us. As Mayor, I would restore civility," he said, pledging to follow these "rules" of public service: Avoid confrontation, never take the credit and treat everyone the same. In fact, Hughes, who used to live in Millcreek, moved into the mansion two years ago in part to run against Mayor Rocky Anderson. Hughes hasn't liked the two-term mayor's combative style, saying Anderson "embarrassed" Utahns by protesting President Bush-twice. Hughes also disagrees with the mayor's lawsuit against the Legacy Highway. Anderson has announced he won't seek a third term.
"I love this city. I love the people who settled this valley and established life in the desert. This is the place that welcomes all nations. It is a place of peace and a place of refuge." Hughes said. Hughes made a point of noting that he has cared for hundreds of gay patients and has 'treated them with the same respect as anyone else.' After the speech, he said he made the reference because "I want to make sure the gay community..[knows] I'm here to serve everybody in the community." The city's gay residents are an active political bloc credited with helping Anderson win his two elections.
Hughes is one of 10 candidates seeking to replace Anderson. The general election is in November. The race is officially non-partisan, though party can matter in the heavily Democratic city. Hughes is the third Republican to enter the race. The contest is expected to be pricey: Anderson spent over $760,000 to win re-election in 2003. Hughes said he won't pour his personal wealth into the campaign. "I will spend a limited amount," he said, adding that it is better "if the community contributes."
Karen Dall, who has worked for Hughes for 18 years in his medical office, said he would be a "breath of fresh air. He's really a good, honest, kind charitable man."
And patriotic. Hughes declared his candidacy on Utah's Statehood Day, Jan. 4, followed by a ceremony in which Hughes' grandson, Sterling Kerr(8), posted the colors and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
And his granddaughter, Morgan Tew(5), recited potions of the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution. She ended by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner," her doting grandfather looking on. (Rick Egan Photo Above: J.P. Hughes smiles as his granddaughter, Morgan Tew, 5, sings "The Star-Spangled Banner." Hughes announced he was running for mayor at his 111-year-old home on West Temple on Thursday.)
FAMILY: Married to Elaine for 40 years; six children and 14 grandchildren
EDUCATION: Bachelors from Brigham Young University; graduate of University of Utah Medical School
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Colon and rectal surgeon at St. Mark's and Cottonwood hospitals, former president of the Utah Medical Association; former clinical instructor in the University of Utah Department of Surgery; former president of the Utah State Cancer Society.
CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Retired Major in the Army Reserve, 1976 Candidate for Congress, volunteered free surgical services in Nicaragua; donated and delivered medical supplies to Russia; given a Citizens Alert Award for saving a woman's life at a restaurant by performing CPR; board member of Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism.
PERSONAL INTERESTS: Classical pianist; has restored two historic homes, one in Spanish Fork and at his current home, an 1896 mansion in downtown Salt Lake City.
Deseret Morning News, By Laura Seitz Saturday, January 6, 2007 Friends Indeed, Loren Martin, left, and J.P. Hughes, who have been friends for more than 30 years, reminisce at Hughes' home in Salt Lake City Thursday. Hughes, a surgeon, is running for mayor and aims to make Salt Lake City a friendlier place.
BY JOHN KILBOURN
SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY Editorial By D.P. Sorensen DeeP End • January 11, 2007 Dr. Mayor
Colorectal surgeon J. Preston Hughes seems the right man for the orifice.
All I know about J. Preston Hughes, who last week threw his cap into the Salt Lake City mayor’s race, is that he is a colorectal surgeon, and that’s good enough for me. He’s my man for mayor.
I have nothing against the other candidates—I especially like Meghan Holbrook, a smart customer and salty broad. Should colorectal surgeon J. Preston Hughes pull out of the race, I will instruct my delegates to throw their support behind Holbrook. In fact, she is by far the best candidate, and as mayor she would keep the brethren on their toes and in their place.
But how can you pass up an opportunity to put a colorectal surgeon in the mayor’s office? He would unquestionably be the first colorectal surgeon elected to public office anywhere in the known world, and having him in office would really put Salt Lake City on the map. The world has long forgotten the 2002 Olympics, but a colorectal surgeon in the mayor’s chair would get people’s attention. They might even forget about polygamy for a while, as well as our penchant for producing renegade prophets.
And somehow it seems appropriate to replace a mayor often associated with an idiomatic vulgarism for the anal orifice with a man professionally acquainted with the orifice in question. By the way, I think Mayor Sparky on the whole has been great for the city, and he has kept the citizenry entertained with his various crackbrained schemes and odd enthusiasms. He would have been even more popular had he not brown-nosed the brethren and did their bidding on things like the sale of Main Street. By and large, however, Mayor Sparky stirred things up, got people steamed, and rocked the boat. We all wish him well in his new career as Mitt Romney’s manservant.
But it’s time for a change, and Hughes has promised to restore civility should he be elected mayor. He also pledges to make Salt Lake City a “kinder city.” Now ordinarily such stuff is mere rhetoric, bromides mindlessly mouthed by political hacks. When Hughes talks about kindness, I, for one, believe him.
Surgeons have a reputation of being cold and brusque technicians. But surely colorectal surgeons are exceptions to the rule. You certainly aren’t going to last very long as a colorectal man if you are cold and brusque. No, a kind and gentle nature seems to be the minimum requirement for success in the colorectal department.
Besides promising to be a kinder and gentler mayor, Dr. Hughes has presented us with a refreshing credo. As reported in The Salt Lake Tribune last week, the colorectal surgeon will eschew confrontation, refuse to hog credit for accomplishments, and, most important, treat everyone the same. Surely treating everyone the same is a practical consequence of Hughes’ particular medical specialty. There is a fundamental uniformity to the region upon which the doctor plies his trade—unlike, say, the orifice that is the focus of dental specialists, the permutations of teeth offering a variety not vouchsafed by the more southern orifice. Thus the common saying about opinions and nether orifices—everyone has one, and they all share a certain sensory property.
Such being the case, Hughes is well equipped to be broadly tolerant and egalitarian. It is unlikely that Hughes would demonstrate the impatience that afflicted the current mayor with regard to individual performance.
He would certainly be more forgiving of human failure. If there is indeed a divinity that shapes our ends, our colorectal mayor will certainly show a benign acceptance of the common human condition.
I hope Hughes’ insertion of himself into the mayoral race will inspire others not normally inclined to enter the political arena to follow his lead. For too long we’ve had to make do with the usual suspects—professional politicians, grubby opportunists and assorted hacks.
For too long, lawyers have made up the pool from which political candidates have emerged. They are a contentious and disputatious species of hominoid, and they are professionally disposed to increase confusion and cause problems.
Doctors, on the other hand, are trained to fix things. They are bound by the Hippocratic oath first to do no harm.
So I’m all for docs like J. Preston Hughes—but what’s the deal with using the initial “J.” to part his name on the left rather than in the middle? It makes him sound like a General Authority—laying down his scalpel and tossing his surgical cap into the ring.
Letter of Support from Dr. Richard & Mavis Parkinson
Mavis and I are excited and pleased that you have decided to run for Mayor of SLC. We will do all that we can to help you in the coming months, and, more importantly, we will not do anything that might make running more difficult than it is, such as offering you unwanted and unsolicited advice.
Neither of us knows the first thing about running a campaign, but we are voters, and we know what we like. And we like you, and we like what you stand for. You aren't the usual suspect and we really like that.
You are a fresh face and a fresh personality and those two qualities can be a big boost to any candidate. You also have the experience going for you, even if it isn't political experience. You are by nature a uniter not a divider, a quality many feel is badly needed in government today. You won us over because you listen to us and you make us feel important.
Peggy Noonan said that Ronald Reagan made everyone who visited the White House feel bigger. You do that, too. And like Reagan, you seem to be able to keep the big picture in mind when others get sidetracked.
Bill Clinton is a natural politician; Reagan was a natural human being. Both men got elected, and both were effective in office.
If there is a lesson in this it is to be yourself, which is natural for you since you have been steady, dependable, and delightfully yourself for all the years we have known you. This is your platform as we see it.
All we have to do now is find ways to let the voters get to know you. The rest will be easy.
Most sincerely, Rick and Mavis
Letter of Support from Andrea M. Fackrell
I would just like to say that I am very happy to hear that Dr. Hughes is running for mayor! After having my baby, I had to have surgery a few months later and Dr. Hughes was so nice and comforting. I was very nervous to go to a rectal doctor, but he made me feel at ease and so comfortable. Never did I feel embarrassed or scared because of his professional nature. Because of those feelings, I am glad to see him as a candidate for Salt Lake City Mayor. I have since referred friends and family to him because of my great experience. Good luck in the race Dr. Hughes! Love, Andrea
Letter of Support from Sue Lind
Down the road you go JP. Your sports fans are behind you all the way. You are just one of the best people we know - most candid, lots of integrity, energy, Mr. Idea Man, and you have everyone’s best interest at heart. We love you, Sue
Letter of Support from Armand & Julie Johansen
We admire your courage and integrity as your embark on this campaign. We are praying for your success and will do whatever else you need us to do to help you win. You are a great friend. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and for your generosity and talents. You have always been there for us. May this year be your best ever, Armand and Julie
Letter of Support from Joe & Jane Bowman , January 2007
Dear friend and neighbor, JP. Congratulations on your distinguished advanced age and on your perpetually grand spirit, as well as on your vibrant creative mind and insuppressible ambition not to neglect your warm and generous nature. We appreciate your friendship and wish you well in all of your endeavors. With our love and admiration for you and your angelic Elaine, Joe and Jane
Letter of Support from Erold Whiscombe
We are counting on the best man to be our New Mayor and that means you. Best wishes, Erold Whiscombe
Ron Kay, January 2007
Happy Birthday. May this gift bring you victory in life and as the Mayor of SLC. [This]Victory Crystal Amulet is yours. Many blessings, Ron Kay
Mary & Dee Darling
We love you. Thanks for being a wonderful friend and being so good to us.
Fred and Gladell Weidner
Thanks you beyond words for all the love, care and kindness you and your family have blessed my families’ life with. You are truly a superman among God's children here on earth.
Tim & Nancy Felman
Thank your for all you have done for us. But, mostly thank you for your friendship. Friends always, Tim and Nancy