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Newsweek magazine calls Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini one of 25 mayors nationwide to watch.

Newsweek describes the capital city's second-term mayor this way: "The Olympics are coming to Salt Lake City in 2002, thanks in part to Corradini, 51. A non-Mormon, she's quieted concerns about the city's religious demands. One payoff: Salt Lake's econ-omy is the fifth strongest in the country."Corradini, who is actually 52, said she was honored by the article, which also recognizes Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. The magazine hits newstands today.

"I'm honored to have been selected because so many of my fellow mayors are top-notch people. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with my fellow mayors for the past five years. I do believe being mayor is the best political job because the major issues we're facing in this country are in our cities. I think that's where a lot of creative and innovative work is being done to solve those problems," she told the Deseret News Saturday.

The religious references, Corradini surmised, likely were due to misperception about Utah. "For people who have never been to Utah, there is still a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings about our state. There are still people who think you can't get a drink in this state. My experience with the Olympics and when the IOC (International Olympic Committee) members have come here, their reaction was always `Wow! This place is incredible,' " she said.

Corradini, the daughter of a Protestant minister, remarked that she has a strong working relationship with the LDS Church.

"I meet with the First Presidency on a regular basis to focus on issues of mutual concern. We're both interested in the same things: a beautiful and safe state. One of the best examples of projects we cooperated on were City Creek Park and Brigham Young Historic Park. Getting City Creek above ground was quite an accomplishment. I very much appreciate the wonderful relationship I have with the Church."

Corradini survived a close call in her re-election bid, nearly defeated by a politically unknown personal-injury lawyer.

In her inaugural address in January, Corradini said that under her leadership, City Hall has cut government costs by "millions," restored fiscal health to its chambers and developed public-private partnerships to combat urban crime and economic stagnation.