LOGAN – Jeannie Simmonds is one of two incumbents hoping to be re-elected to three open council seats on the Logan Municipal Council. Residents will choose from a total of six candidates on the November 5 ballot.
In general, incumbents have advantages over challengers during elections, the biggest being name recognition due to their previous work in the office.
One candidate recently suggested that residents choose a “fresh face” in November; however, Simmonds would like voters to consider her experience and record when going to the polls.
“I think at some point people may say ‘you’ve been there a long time,’” she said. “It took me a while to be as effective as I am and I think that level of effectiveness is important for Logan City.”
“The new candidates have the advantage, in a way, because they can talk about whatever,” she said. “They can make grand plans and grand gestures much more easily they we can. I hope that my record stands for itself and I hope that people know that I do my homework. I am always prepared for meetings, I research the issues, I know all the department heads well and I’m not afraid to go talk to them if I do not know the answers to questions or I need more clarification,” added Simmonds.
City leaders, including Simmonds, have been talking about the need for a new library for years. The city has a couple of sites in mind but have yet to share those locations with the public. The lack of transparency has been criticized by one candidate. Simmonds addressed those concerns.
“I think you have to weigh absolute saran wrap transparency with a potential negotiation with an owner that you may have to work through some of the issues before you can talk about it,” she said. “I believe saying we are committed to finding a location for a new library is absolutely transparent and honest.”
She continued, “We don’t want to get everybody’s hopes up if it doesn’t work out. We would rather say we are actively looking and then we’ll go from there and hopefully within the next two or three months we’ll be able to tell everybody where it is.”
Bike lanes have been mentioned as a means to help alleviate some of the traffic congestion in the city.
“At this point in Logan’s life, we don’t have the dollars to do that with all of the other requirements in the city,” Simmonds said. “We’ve done a pedestrian bicycle master plan. We are implementing it as we have resources to do so. It’s not perfect,” she admitted, “but it’s getting better.”
Simmonds would like to see more residents utilize the valley’s bus system as an alternative to driving as additional routes are added.
“I would like citizens of Logan to know that I will work on their behalf no matter what part of the city they live in. I live right downtown. I’m very aware of what goes on downtown and how it impacts the rest of our community. I am actively engaged, I’m always prepared and I would like to serve the citizens of Logan for four more years,” she said.
This article is part of a series of six stories featuring the candidates for the Logan City Council. A separate candidate will be featured each day in a pre-determined, random order.