Jeannie Simmonds selected as new Logan Municipal Council member

LOGAN – Central Logan resident Jeannie Simmonds has been chosen as a new member of the Logan Municipal Council. From a field of 16 candidates, Simmonds received the most votes among those who applied for the position after Councilmember Tom Jensen left for a yearlong professional assignment in Jordan.

The four remaining councilmembers heard comments from the 16 candidates Tuesday night and after a series of votes narrowed the field. In the end, Simmonds received a unanimous vote from those currently serving on the Logan Municipal Council.

Simmonds, who currently serves as chairwoman for the Logan Planning Commission, said she is excited about becoming a councilmember. Simmonds has previously ran for Logan City Council, as recently as 2011. A resident of downtown, Simmonds has said she could almost throw a rock from her home to the Logan Tabernacle grounds.

“I see a lot of what happens right downtown,” Simmonds said after the vote. “I’m very interested in the sustainability of downtown where people can come enjoy themselves, shop, eat and just have a wonderful time. I don’t want to see it become a place where people just drive through.”

It was a smoothly-run meeting as 16 candidates each had three minutes to introduce themselves to councilmembers. Marilyn Griffin, an Adams Neighborhood Council member, was the other finalist. Council Chairwoman Holly Daines, who was praised for the way the meeting was conducted, said Simmonds will probably be sworn in at Tuesday’s council meeting on September 17.

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