Just days after Logan Mayor Craig Petersen announced that he would not be seeking a second term this year, a member of the Logan Municipal Council has announced that she would like the job.
Holly Hubbard Daines, who is currently serving her eighth year as a member of the council, announced Friday that plans to run for Mayor in the 2017 election. There will also be two council seats available this fall and the filing period begins on June 1st.
“I’ve thought about what my next step would be,” Daines explains. “This is a big jump but I’m looking forward to it and will see what the voters decide.”
Daines says she has enjoyed her time on the council and believes Logan is a well-managed city with excellent staff that serve its citizens well.
“I understand the budget, upcoming plans and projects, and have experience with the decisions and challenges that will face the city in the next four years,” she says.
Daines says it has been a rewarding experience serving the city and she is proud of accomplishments over the last few years in terms of housing, traffic and other areas, particularly parks and trails.
“I worked with the other council members to help get a chunk of money set aside to connect our trails,” Daines exclaims. “We have a great staff in Parks and Recreation that we work with.
“I feel like we’ve made some great progress for pedestrians and bicyclists in trying to connect our great parks with trails and the Logan Canyon and downtown. They are finally working on fixing the trail crossing over the railroad there that connects Rendezvous Park.”
Neighborhoods, zoning and projected population growth are challenging areas that Daines feels are major issues to be worked through, especially as the population is projected to double within the next 20 years.
“There will be more people and more traffic,” she continues. “As we try to figure out how to best manage that and best plan for the future, those issues can be tough because they are often in people’s back yards and they can be impacted.”
She says projects tend to move slowly, but Daines wants to continue to focus on improving downtown, improving streets, and adding stoplights to fit the city’s transportation master plan.
Daines says she will welcome the opportunity to serve as mayor if elected.
A native of Logan, Daines graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University and received a graduate degree in Arts Administration from the University of Utah. After graduating from the University of Utah, she and her husband moved to New York City for four years before permanently moving back to Cache Valley.