LOGAN — Logan City council member Jess Bradfield is proposing an ordinance that would implement by-district elections of council members. This is in response to a couple things: population growth and the need for fair distribution of representation for all parts of Logan. On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, Bradfield had quite a bit of data with him.
“I just wish that everybody would review it before making a final determination. That’s my biggest hope is that my fellow council members, the mayor and city officials will review the data before making a decision one way or the other. Same with constituents and residents though, I’ll probably post this to my Facebook account,” he explained.
He explained why he feels now is the time to revisit the topic.
“What happened is 20 or 30 years ago, the west side of Logan always had two representatives, at least two, sometimes three and it would go back-and-forth. There was always two on each side, and for those that don’t know, the west side of Logan has roughly 50 percent of the population. It may actually go above 50 percent with the new census that’s coming out, because that’s where the growth is.”
Bradfield said in 2009, the city switched to an at-large process and that marked the end of two representatives from the west side and now most council members, along with the mayor, reside on the east side which is, in general, a higher income area than the west side. He urged residents to contact their city council representatives if they care about this issue.
AUDIO: Jess Bradfield talks with Jason Williams on KVNU’s For the People program