Olson may have to leave his job to challenge Watts

LOGAN – James Olson says he has helped strengthen neighborhoods while working in Logan’s Community Development department the past five years and now he says he could do much more if he were to be elected mayor. Olson filed on Monday and on KVNU’s <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_05_31_328_11315_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>Crosstalk</a> program Friday, a caller asked how it would work to run against his boss, Mayor Randy Watts.

“I’ve already made it very clear to those above me that if things are becoming complicated, if they’re becoming uncomfortable, that for the greater good of the city I would resign now,” Olson said. “However, as I make it past the primary I am required to take a leave of absence.

“At that point I would leave the city organization. I would either wind up as mayor or I’d wind up employed somewhere else.”

The filing started Monday and continues through Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m. in the office of the City Recorder, Teresa Harris. The mayor plans to run again while Craig Petersen and Jess Bradfield also say they want the job and have officially filed.

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