Petersen and Watts clear Logan Mayoral Primary Election

Logan city Mayoral candidates: Craig Petersen, Randy Watts, and James Olsen as results came into Logan City Hall. Also shown Maradee Petersen.

<strong>LOGAN —</strong> Craig Petersen and Randy Watts will now face each other in November’s general election. The two received the most votes in Tuesday’s primary election, eliminating James Olson from the race.

Petersen, a member of the Cache County Council, received the most votes at 943. That was 44% of the total. He said winning the primary is extremely satisfying.

“You know it’s hard to speculate on what the reasons were but I suspect that people looked at my qualifications,” said Petersen. “I think I’ve done some things that would help me hit the ground running as a mayor. I also spelled out in considerable detail what I would like to do.”

Petersen said after spending most of the past several months campaigning, he plans to take the rest of August off. “I’m going to enjoy the rest of the summer.”

Incumbent Mayor Randy Watts finished second with 715 votes, 34% of the total. He said he was discouraged with the low voter turnout, only 7.3% of registered voters. He said he knows what he needs to do during the next three months to win in November.

“We need 11 to 13 percent turnout, which is still miserable,” said Watts. “That would really help, so we can get a better feel from the citizens. In one way it’s a little bit discouraging. But we will work through it and I’ll work hard to see if I can get reelected.”

Watts said three months is a lot of time to build voter support.

Olson, Logan Community Development Block Grant Coordinator, was eliminated from the race after receiving 475 votes, 22% of the total. He said the results, though, show he ran a competitive race.

“The thing that impresses me most is the fact that 400 people plus, in Logan, decided to put an ‘X’ next to my name,” said Olson, “showing that they supported the things that I was preaching. Talking about the neighborhoods, business communication, and just bringing the community together.”

Olson said he was battling 130 plus years of name recognition and relationships compared to the five years he has lived here. He said he is grateful for those how gave him a chance and voted for him.

The general election will be held Tuesday, November 5.

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