Watts, Morrill discuss campaign post-election

LOGAN–Randy Watts has been elected to another four-year term as mayor of Logan. Watts got nearly 53 percent of the vote.Candidate Mike Morrill received 2,322 votes to Watts’ 2,600, with only 15 percent of Logan’s registered voters casting ballots.”I couldn’t be happier,” Watts said. “I’m pleased with the group of people that got behind me and helped me win.”The new mayoral term begins in January, and Watts said he will prepare similarly for that as he did for his first term, by prioritizing and making a list of things to work on during that term. He said his list for the next four years will be available online within the next month and a half.”Almost half of Logan felt like Mike had the better program,” Watts said, “I need to find the issues that are important to them and bring them on board. We need to find those issues and work on them, and do better as a city.”He said he plans to map out the areas in which he received fewer votes and reach out to those people personally.”I’m not an email guy, I’m a phone guy. Or I get out from behind my desk, but I anyone can get a hold of me. Some people say I’m unreachable, but I’ve always been a guy who returns every phone call,” Watts said.One of those lower voting areas was the Adams Park area, which includes three voting precincts, but garnered only 92 votes for Watts. Watts said it “would have been nice” if more of those people had come to him so their concerns could have been addressed earlier, and acknowledged that with such a low voter turnout, just a couple hundred more votes for Morrill could have produced the opposite outcome.Morrill, too, said he that at one point before the final three precincts (17,30,31) reported their tallies, the race could come down to provisional ballots. He said that he will be continue to be involved in city government, but worries about important issues being put aside.”(Mayor Watts)’ priority is to build a new library, and that takes money . . .and will raise taxes, and I think infrastructure will be neglected,” Morrill said.Morrill’s campaign manager and brother, Reed Morrill, said that if he made one mistake in the campaign, it was not giving people enough to do.”A lot of people love my brother,” he said, “it was easy to get people to volunteer.”He said he felt the biggest issue in determining the outcome of the election may have been the park strip issue.”There is a strong minority that is very vocal and very angry, but the majority may be in agreement with what the city’s done,” he said.Reed Morrill also said that the low voter turnout was disappointing, and suggested that if (USU) students had voted in greater numbers, they could have made the difference.”Student’s could take a hold of this city, if they would just vote, they could be the deciding factor,” Reed said.However, despite the loss, Reed was happy with the campaign they ran.”We didn’t go negative, we don’t have a single regret. I’m glad my brother doesn’t have to win. He will be just as happy tomorrow,” Reed said.Although Watts won more votes in fewer precincts, more precincts voted to elect Morrill, and Watts said he believed some of the reason for that is because of the campaign against him.”I had three people running against me,” he said, “the controversial issues were where they came at me, and some of their verbal campaign was stronger. I’m surprised some of the council candidates didn’t run for my seat.”Watts said he personally believes that his campaign was clean, but emphasized, “It’s not me, it’s we. I have a great executive group that stepped up, we’re united.”

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