Advancing Logan City candidates react to primary election

A large number of candidates did not translate into a large turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Logan where just over six percent, or 5,525 residents, turned out to reduce he number of municipal council candidates from 13 to six.The only incumbent, Herm Olsen, ended up as the top vote-getter, nabbing 18.7 percent of the vote. He now moves on to the November ballot along with the next five most popular candidates: Tom Jensen, former mayor Doug Thompson, Jeannie Simmonds, Karl Ward and Angela Fonnesbeck. The seven candidates eliminated Tuesday were Steven Stokes, Nick Ball, Ken Cox, Ben Nilson, Meri Fisher, Jeff Ewing and Robert HorningOlsen, who is finishing up his first four-year term, says he was discouraged by the low turnout but grateful for those whose votes came his way.”I’m glad that there were so many candidates,” Olsen says. “Frankly that’s an unprecedented amount of candidates for three open positions and I’m grateful that they had the courage to step up and run and grateful for the people who got out and voted. It feels good.”After the votes were counted Tuesday, Jensen said he’s enjoyed the campaign so far. He felt there were a lot of good candidates and he feels there has been a good process but he, too, lamented the low voter turnout.”I think the disappointment is the low number of people that vote,” Jensen said. “Over and over I’m thinking how many people have given their lives in various wars for the right to vote and we take it for granted. That’s a sad thing.”Jensen says he hopes to see more focus on the issues now that there are just six candidates running for three council seats.She’s a newcomer to politics so Angela Fonnesbeck was excited to be one of the six candidates to survive. She says perhaps some of her support came from people looking for someone new and fresh and different.Fonnesbeck says between now and the November election the candidates will be distinguishing themselves from each other, especially on the issues.”I really think that the city has done a good job financially,” Fonnesbeck says. “I think the city is in good shape. I do have concerns about our infrastructure issues and that we have focused some of our resources on buildings and refurbishing buildings when our water lines and some of those kinds of things are in serious disrepair.”Fonnesbeck is an attorney with her own practice. Zions Bank Executive Karl Ward was pleased with Tuesday’s results. Ward says he wants to thank everyone who has supported him so far.”I want to now work hard as we move toward the general election to help people understand why I’m running and the strengths that I can bring to the city council and the balance I can bring,” Ward explained. “And especially let people know of my strong desires to make sure that Logan is a business-friendly place and we can reduce the hassle-factor.”So far so good for former Logan mayor Doug Thompson who is running for one of the three open seats. Thompson, who finished third of the 13 council candidates in Tuesday’s Primary election, says he plans to campaign much harder between now and the final election in November.After the votes were in, Thompson said “thanks” to his supporters and said he really hopes to be elected.”I just really enjoy working with Logan City and helping to make things better,” Thompson said. “People know that I will listen to them. I may not always agree but they can always know that I will listen and consider what they want. I want to be able to give that kind of an attitude on the city council.”Jeannie Simmonds was unavailable for comment.

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