Watts says he realizes nearly half of the city opposed his re-election

As Logan Mayor Randy Watts walked out of the innards of Logan’s City Hall, a group of about 30 people erupted in applause. The incumbent had all but officially won a second term as the city’s top administrator, defeating challenger Mike Morrill by a hair under 300 votes. The raced turned out to be more of a challenge than Watts originally thought it was, and now as he heads into another four years running Logan, he says he’ll be more aware that there are people out there that have disagreed with him. “People stepped up and said ‘you need to do this and you need to do that,'” Watts said of his opposition in the campaign. “I really felt like we put in a really good clean race, we stayed out of the nasty sides.” The nasty sides Watts refers to were likely feisty attacks from some residents thanks to hot-button issues such as the mayor’s park strip reclamation process and an ongoing process that involves instituting a landlord licensing program in the city. Watts said that when he decided to run for a second term, he figured he could just put his record on the table and let it speak for itself. He didn’t expect a challenger as fierce as Morrill, who was backed by the conservative Independence Caucus and ran as part of a trio that included council candidates Tony Wegener and Steven Stokes. Speaking to Watts post election, however, one gets the sense that he knows he earned this win in a way that he wouldn’t have if his record were just speaking for itself. “I think we will move ahead and let the citizens know a lot of issues that are a lot bigger than park strips or landlord licensing,” Watts said, pointing out the city’s sewer lagoon issues and improving traffic as a few key issues in the next four years. He notes, however, that there are those who disagree with him on many things. “Basically, half the people felt that Mike had a better approach and I need to look at some of those issues and address them and see if I can bring them back into the camp,” Watts said. “I need to look at those attitudes.”

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