Less than two weeks are left before the Logan municipal elections and six candidates have been campaigning vigorously for the open positions of mayor and city council.
Holly Daines, who has served on the city council for the past eight years, is running for the mayor’s position. Self-employed building contractor Brian Seamons is also trying to replace the outgoing Craig Petersen.
On <a href=”https://www.kvnutalk.com/10242017-2/” target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday</a>, when asked what one word best describes why she and he should be elected, both responded with, “experience.”
Seamons said he believes his experiences in the private sector and his position on issues would help save the city money.
Daines disagreed and said many improvements have been made without breaking the budget.
“We’re ready to open a new landfill next month which has an 81 year capacity by adding modules as needed,” Daines explained. “We’ve done the design and financing for a new $116 million waste water treatment facility.
“Actually, I was talking to our environmental director today and by having a good bond rating and working really hard to secure some really good financing through the state and community impact board we were able to get a $70 million loan with a rate of .75%.”
She said the going rate right now is 4%.
Seamons said that if elected mayor of Logan he plans to protect neighborhoods, and do that in spite of the fact that he is a self-employed developer.
He said elected officials spend too much time on studies while they could be making the city better.
“The number one on the list is I’m going to quit wasting your tax money,” said Seamons. “We spend a lot of money on frivolous purchases and projects that, frankly, don’t do us any good while so much is neglected in our city. I’m going to look for that. I’m going to stop that. I’m going to talk to our people.”
Seamons also said he knows how he can save the city money. Daines said she believes the council, mayor and city employees are doing a great job while watching their budgets carefully.