LOGAN – On Tuesday, Jess Bradfield switched from being a candidate for Logan City Mayor to a candidate for the Logan Municipal Council. Bradfield becomes the third candidate to file for Logan Municipal Council along with incumbent Holly Daines and Eugene Needham, Sr. Bradfield says that instead of running for mayor himself, he will be endorsing James Olson instead.
“James and I got together and we just compared platforms and it came out that we had more in common than we had differences,” Bradfield said Wednesday. “We decided that it would be better for us to run with each other instead of against each other.
“Since we complimented each other so well, I decided that I would go for city council and support him for his mayoral bid.”
During Tuesday evening’s Logan Municipal Council meeting, Olson said that he and Bradfield share similar ideas and felt it best to work together, rather than against each other.
“Ever since I read on CacheValleyDaily.com that he was running, I might not have agreed with everything in the article but one thing I found astounding was that here’s a guy that has a vision, he’s a guy that’s really interested in business,” Olson said. “I was the only other one talking about business. We had emailed back and forth. I was sharing stuff with him, he was sharing stuff with me.”
Olson said that the idea of having Bradfield switch candidacies never came up until they met on Tuesday.
“We share that common goal of wanting to bring more businesses here,” Olson said. “That means more opportunities for employees and more opportunities for business owners. We’ll happily work together and I look forward to a great race with Mayor Watts and Craig Petersen as well.”
Bradfield still plans on campaigning on the same issues, and that is that he promises to promote the city of Logan to businesses across the nation as a premier destination for business start-up and expansion. To help that happen, Bradfield said he would donate 25 percent of his salary to help new small businesses who operate on Main Street.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_06_04_328_11385_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday</a>, Bradfield said he would hope that other candidates would do the same.
“You can usually learn a lot about a city by driving down Main. In fact, if you go to some of the old parts of Salt Lake, down Main, it looks atrocious,” Bradfield said. “We don’t want that in Logan because then marketing that city becomes almost impossible.
“It leaves a good impression when you drive through a city and see a bustling downtown. That means that city is healthy.”
The filing period ends Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m. in the city recorder’s office.