LOGAN – Mark Anderson admitted that all six candidates running for three open seats on the Logan Municipal Council, “have similar values and viewpoints. I think a lot of the same issues resonate with each one of us in a similar fashion.”
“To stand out, you have to have some unique skills, unique view points and experiences that make you appear more attractive to the voters,” according to Anderson, who said he possesses all three.
As a native Logan resident, Anderson graduated from Utah State University and served on a number of boards for Logan City. He owns and operates Anderson’s Seed & Garden on Center Street.
“I run a business,” he said. “I’ve got to be be on a budget. I’ve got to work within my means and that’s something that I’ll really focus on as a member of the city council if I’m elected.”
“Budgets are important,” added Anderson. “Money just doesn’t magically appear out of anywhere. We’ve got to be financially and fiscally responsible as a city council and make sure public funds are used correctly.
“I’m used to answering questions from people all day long…and then try and resolve problems as well. That’a very unique skill set that I practice every day at my business.”
If elected to the city council, Anderson said he would like to cultivate a stronger partnership with Utah State University.
“I think the university is utilized a lot, but I don’t think we emphasize it enough and I think we could a lot better,” he said.
Anderson said he recently met with senators from USU’s College of Natural Resources. The discussion centered around giving students opportunities “to participate on our city’s boards.
“I serve on the Forestry Board and it would be great to have a natural resources student there that could maybe chip in some new research that’s come up that maybe we didn’t know about,” said Anderson. “I think there’s some really great opportunities there. Maybe some internships with the city…and other businesses.”
Like all Logan residents, Anderson is concerned about affordable housing, traffic, the valley’s air pollution and dealing with waste.
“When is comes down to recycling and not idling your car, we need to be more efficient with how we use our transportation and what we’re adding to the our environment. It’s a lot of individual choices and it really will be important for us to educate and help people realize there is an issue,” he said. “It’s something we do need to address. As we start to make better choices individually, it will start to make a difference for us as a community as well.”
When it comes to tackling our air quality in the valley, Anderson suggested “planting more trees.”
“That’s a really easy thing that everyone can do and would really help clean our environment – not only cool things down in the summer time, but trees are made out of carbon and everyone’s always concerned about the carbon footprint,” he said. “If everyone would plant one tree a year for the next 10 years, we would really add to our tree population and it would absolutely help with our air quality and other issues. It’s a really simple thing that we can do.”
This is the final article in a series of six stories featuring the candidates for the Logan City Council. A separate candidate was be featured each day in a pre-determined, random order.