Ken Heare is one of the seven candidates interested in running for three open seats on the Logan City Council. He originally moved to Cache Valley in 1992, but left for a time to work for a charter airline, travel the world and get an education.
Heare has been an active member of the community since 2005. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Mediation & Conﬂict Studies from Woodbury College.
He purchased a home in Logan four years ago and says he ﬁnally feels grounded and settled. Heare currently works as a realtor at Youngblood Real Estate.
“I believe that everybody should participate and be engaged, whether it’s in your career, your community or your church. I’ve been very active in all those things,” he said.
The local realtor said he was encouraged by friends and family to go into local government. One of his goals is to strengthen and revitalize neighborhoods. He has been reaching out to neighborhood councils, attending house parties and knocking on doors in an effort to introduce himself and get to know people.
Logan isn’t doing enough to retain its residents, according to Heare. He says city leaders need to be mindful of how they plan housing developments and maintain businesses.
“Somebody who grows up here should be able to go to college, get a degree, but want to stay in Logan and build their life or raise a family and retire here,” stressed Heare. “We need to create an environment where businesses want to grow and develop. Not necessarily bring in more business, but take the business we have and help them create an environment in the community where people want to stay and grow with those companies,” he said.
Heare believes there is sometimes a disconnect between city council, the mayor and city departments. “I think sometimes decisions are made in a vacuum and there needs to be a little more collaboration,” he said.
Heare is hoping to work closely with other cities in the valley, as well as county leaders.
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.