<em>Editor’s note: CacheValleyDaily.com sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates for mayor and municipal council in Logan. We will publish the responses as we receive them.</em>
<strong>Candidate: Marc Haws Position: Logan Mayor</strong>
<strong>1. Why did you file as a candidate for city service?</strong>
I believe, as a Logan City employee since 1985, I have come to expect a certain level of commitment to the citizens it serves, its employees, and to themselves. Taking a looking back and seeing where we are now, the trend is a growing separation that is taking place both from government to the citizens and from government to the employees. Both of which don’t and shouldn’t be happening. I believe with my unique personality and hard work ethic I can reunite community with its government.
<strong>2. What do you feel are the key issues facing Logan in the next four years?</strong>
How to educate our children about the dangers of gangs The transportation needs (which includes the parking issues facing downtown and surrounding areas) of our communities Our neighborhoods Air quality The Airport
<strong>3. Please describe one or two examples of decisions made by city leaders in the past five years that you disagree with, explain why you disagreed and how you would have handled the situation if you were serving in an elected position at the time.</strong>
There is one thing that I have always said since my declaration and that is, I want the community involved in neighborhood decisions, such as the decision about park strips. Some great ideas were thrown out at city council meetings made by those local residents. They are the ones who live there they should have been able to give those ideas well before it was brought to council. I personally don’t live in that neighborhood; it does not effect me and my neighbors in my neighborhood and it shouldn’t be a blanket policy for the entire city. I would have shared the information with those who would been affected by this and taken their advice from their neighborhood council, thus gaining a better perspective on what truly needed to be and could have been done to make this transition easier and more friendly.
<strong>4. Please describe one or two examples of decisions made by city leaders in the past five years that you completely agreed with and supported, and if the issue is a lingering issue, you would continue to support if elected.</strong>
I believe we live in the safest community in the United States that we have read in recent articles. I also believe that we have some of the best trained officers and firefighters in the state, if not region. I do believe that it is partly for two reasons: one is that Logan is a great community because we do watch out for each other. The second is the training that our officers and firefighters receive. I will continue to support that effort in letting them receive that training that has been brought on by previous administrations. What they have done is instrumental in our behalf and I appreciate this effort.
<strong>5. Describe in your words what you believe the role of city government is.</strong>
To help support, protect and serve the community.