A former two-term mayor of Hyde Park is running for a seat on the Cache County Council in the Northeast District. Democratic candidate Mark Daines is running against Republican Val Potter, a former mayor of North Logan, for the seat currently held by Brian Chambers, the only Democrat on the Council. For five years Daines has been a member and former president of the Cache Valley Transit District. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Daines said the transit district provides a very valuable service to the county. “In my mind it is one of the keys to improvement of quality of life in our community,” Daines said. “It will help, it won’t solve, but it will help do its part in terms of air pollution. “It will also help in terms of providing for those people who need mobility who don’t have the ability. So it provides service for those individuals.” Daines says the Logan-to-Preston service is working out very well and the transit district needs to expand when the opportunity presents itself. Daines is also the principal of the Park Elementary School and supports a countywide library system. However, he is not gung-ho about a lot of brick and mortar. “But I do believe that in the long run it will be a wise and good decision to go with a countywide library service,” Daines continued. “Up front it may cost us a little bit more money, not more money, but it will cost us a fair amount, a reasonable amount of money. “But in the long run, as has been demonstrated in other counties that have adopted a countywide system, that the costs come down significantly.” Daines says he hopes Cache County residents support a non-binding ballot proposal to establish a countywide library system.
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