LOGAN – Voters chose to keep Jeannie Simmonds and Tom Jensen for another four years to serve on the Logan Municipal Council. The third open seat was won by newcomer Mark Anderson.
According to the unofficial count, Anderson received 25 percent of the vote. Simmonds came in second with 21 percent followed by Jensen with 17 percent. Only approximately 23.5 percent of registered voters cast their ballots in the Logan City general election.
“You feel relieved when the election is over,” said Simmonds, shortly after the results were released. “I’m pleased, very, very pleased. I am honored that the citizens felt I was doing a good enough job to have me around for another four years.”
During the next fours years, Simmonds said she has promised residents “that we would have a least a foundation in the ground for a new library, where ever it ends up…so I think I have my work cut out for me.”
“It’s a lot of work to campaign,” said Jensen, who said he met many new people on the campaign trail and was humbled they were willing to support him.
Jensen has been working with Mayor Holly Daines and other council members for several years on revitalizing downtown Logan.
“I’m excited to continue working to bring that forward,” he said of the proposal to redevelop the Emporium property on Main Street. “We’re bringing people downtown and we’re bringing people to the center of our little town here that will help the shops.”
“I don’t know if my family always appreciates why I’m doing this, but I do love the city and I want to create a great place,” said Jensen
As the newest member of the city council, Anderson said, “Im very excited about the opportunity. I’m kind of blown away and overwhelmed by the amount of support I’ve received from the get go.”
“I’ve been attending and watching city council for many months now and kind of have an idea for how things are working,” he continued. “With the background that I have and the experiences that I have are very similar to some of the things that I do already: serving on a board of directors and running a business. I feel like I could step in to that position quite well.”
He added, “But of course there are many things that I’ve got to learn as well and that will take some time. I love to read and I love to learn and I’m willing to put the effort in to be up to speed when the time comes.”
Anderson will be sworn into office along with Simmonds and Jensen during the first municipal council meeting in January, 2020.