Olsen, Jensen and Ward pledge cooperation, fairness on Logan City Council

Just as it was in the September primary, incumbent Herm Olsen led all the way in Tuesday’s final Logan City municipal election. Olsen ended up with 20.7 percent of the votes cast and that means he’ll begin his second four-year term in January.Two other councilmembers were elected with Olsen, Tom Jensen, who had 19.4 percent, and Karl Ward who received 17.2 percent. Olsen was glad more people turned out to vote than the primary’s 6.3 percent turnout, but he said 11.6 percent is still pathetic. Even so, he was delighted with the results.”It’s actually been kind of a fun and enjoyable campaign,” Olsen said Tuesday night after the final votes were tallied, “because people have been decent and dignified. It’s felt good.”I’ve really appreciated running with the other candidates.”Olsen says he is looking forward to working with the two new councilmembers. Jensen says he worked very hard and it paid off. After the votes were tallied Jensen said met a lot of great people while on the campaign trail and he changed his mind on some issues. Jensen says he wans the council to be responsive or, “customer friendly.””It doesn’t mean that everybody gets their way,” Jensen continued, “but I think everybody needs to have consideration. As I’ve thought about this the citizens, the tax payers, are the stock holders and they are electing a board of directors. “We need to represent the citizens in these matters and try to give due process and try to give a fairness to people.”Jensen says he feels the council should be there to represent the people and not the city.Karl Ward served 12 years on the Logan Planning Commission but this is the first time Karl Ward has run for elective office and he was excited about the win. He says the council will be a group of diverse people.”I’m excited to be able to maybe be a stronger voice for business interests in our city,” Ward said Tuesday evening. “I will work hard to restore our central neighborhoods to be family-friendly places. And make sure we remain on a firm financial footing.”Ward says his strong backgrond as a bank executive wll be helpful in accomplishing that.Former mayor Doug Thomson, who came in third in the September primary, slipped to fourth in Tuesdays general election with 14.4 percent of the vote. He was followed by the two women, Angela Fonnesbeck with 14.2 percent and Jeanie Simmonds with 13.9 percent.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!