The youngest of the four candidates running for Logan Municipal Council says it was the city’s park strip restoration project that caused him to get involved with politics at the age of 26. Steven Stokes says he was not personally affected by the city’s new park strip ordinance, but he saw people living around him who had owned their homes for 30 years have their park strips ripped out. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Stokes said he feels a lot of citizens were mistreated. “I’ve seen the way the city has implemented the strip parking and I don’t like the way they treated citizens. That’s one of the reason’s I’m against landlord licensing as well,” Stokes said. “You look at the way they implemented strip parking, the way they went about it … they could have had compromises.” Stokes said he is opposed to landlord licensing and he calls it an invasion by the government on private property owners. When asked about Tuesday’s postponement of the swearing in of new Police Chief Gary Jensen, Stokes said he was glad the Logan Municipal Council delayed. “I want to know more about this guy, more about his past, more about whether he has been accused of anything,” Stokes said. “We need to know about that stuff. We need to know how his police department feels about him. I’d love to talk with them and talk with people who have known him throughout his life. People who criticize him and people who praise him. There are always two sides to every story and we need to filter through it.” The decision to postpone was made because of questions surrounding Jensen’s involvement in a YouTube video showing a man using Jensen’s nunchucks to hit another man in the buttocks. Stokes said that caused him to have “reasonable doubt,” citing that giving the weapon to someone untrained is a trust issue.
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