LOGAN – Abraham Verdoes has lived in Logan just a short time, but said there’s a lot to love about the city and he would “like to see it flourish into the future.”
Verdoes is one of seven candidates running for three open seats on the Logan City Council.
Verdoes has a Master’s in Organic Chemistry and currently works at Elitech Group in Logan. In addition to his experience in science, business and technology, he is hoping to “bring a forward thinking vision that helps restore the downtown and makes it a vibrant, thriving community that people want to move to,” he said.
Verdoes has watched a number of stores close on the north end of Logan, while “there’s a bunch of tax breaks for developers to develop near Riverwoods,” he said. “I’m concerned that the development is not being driven by the needs of the community but driven by the business agenda of developers and I don’t think those necessarily align.
“I think the last thing you want is a fractured downtown where you have three segments that don’t connect,” Verdoes continued. “You have a downtown that’s being ignored by the city council and just a little north you have big box stores closing and you have local businesses not being supported adequately by the local government to step in and fill the gap. I’m afraid you’re going to end up with a town that has two Walmarts and nothing else.”
Verdoes said he would like to bring a “forward looking, cohesive vision” to the table and be proactive rather than play defense in helping shape Logan.
Verdoes said he believes downtown shop owners need to have a voice in what’s going on in the city. He has been reaching out to local businesses in an effort to introduce himself and share his vision for Logan.
The avid outdoorsman is also pushing for improved bike lanes throughout the city.
“Biking provides cleaner air and less traffic,” he said.
“I feel like smartly developing a traffic plan not only includes cars, but pedestrian and bike traffic.”
This story is one in a series of profiles about the candidates running for Logan City Council. Cache Valley Daily will proﬁle each of the seven candidates in an effort to give residents an opportunity to get to know those interested in being elected to public ofﬁce.
The Primary Election, held August 13, will narrow the ﬁeld down to six candidates. The General Election is November 5. Residents in Logan will be voting in the Primary Election by mail. Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed out on July 23.