Stokes hoping for greater voter turnout, improved infrastructure

Two years ago when he lost his bid for a seat on the Logan Municipal Council Steven Stokes vowed he would seek office in the next election. True to his word, he is one of 12 candidates facing off in September’s primary election. Among issues he says Logan must correct is voter turnout.”Get registered if you’re not registered,” Stokes implores, “to come out and vote for both the primaries and the general elections. When only 13% of the city comes out and votes for the general election, the voice of the city isn’t being heard and I really think we can improve on that.”If elected to the city council, Stokes said he would push for more government transparency and for a change in how Logan citizens are paying 26% more on their power bills than the rest of the valley.Stokes said Friday that Logan City is facing the same issues now it was two years ago when he last ran. He said in the last year the city allotted $1.6 million to improve water and sewer and $850,000 of that went to the Tenth West project, plus another $300,000 was spent on pressure valves around the city.”And then the rest of those funds for that $1.6 million were mostly spent on new construction, upgrading lines to new areas where things were being built to prevent some problems happening in older areas,” Stokes said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show. “But as we know, most of Logan needs water and sewer and roads badly.”Stokes said Logan’s infrastructure needs should have been a higher priority than the construction of the new clubhouse at the Logan River Golf Course.He is one of 13 council candidates who will be involved in a primary election on September 13.

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