Logan candidate forum scheduled for Wednesday

LOGAN – The Bridgerland Audubon Society has scheduled a moderated forum for candidates in Logan’s upcoming municipal election.

That event — slated for Wednesday, Sept. 8 — will be held in the Logan City Council Chambers from 6 to 8 p.m.

Candidates for two at-large seats on the Logan City Council will introduce themselves and face questions from 6 to 7 p.m. They are incumbents Amy Z. Anderson and Ernesto López, plus challenger Keegan Garrity.

The city’s mayoral candidates will be highlighted from 7 to 8 p.m. They are incumbent Mayor Holly Daines and challenger Dee Jones.

During the initial phase of the forum, council candidates Anderson and López will likely be obliged to publicly discuss the question of voter district representation. Garrity has made that question a central issue in the city council race by condemning the council’s at-large representation for stifling political competition.

Anderson was elected to the city council in 2017, emerging successfully from a crowded field of 10 candidates running for two at-large seats on the municipal council at that time.

Professionally, Anderson is Director of Outreach for the Sunshine Terrace Foundation and has worked with numerous local non-profit groups.

López joined the Logan City Council in October 2020, after being selected to serve out the unexpired term of former councilmember Jess Bradfield.

A native of Tijuana, López is an instructional course designer for the Extension Service at Utah State University. His previous professional experience includes managing the Logan Multicultural Center and serving low-income families at Bear River Head Start.

Garrity is a community activist and perennial city council candidate.

His public service experience includes co-chairing the Woodruff council and representing that neighborhood on the city’s ad hoc Voter District Subcommittee.

That volunteer citizen panel representing Logan’s diverse neighborhoods recommended in 2020 that the city move to by-district voting for its municipal council.

The mayoral candidates’ forum will likely focus on differing visions for the revitalization of downtown Logan.

Daines was elected mayor in 2017 and can claim credit for numerous accomplishments during her first term of office, including a face-lift for Center Street and the implementation of several long-term projects to revitalize the downtown area.

She is a Cache Valley native and a graduate of both Utah State University and the University of Utah. Daines’ previous political experience includes eight years as a member of the Logan City Council.

Jones is a political newcomer who considers himself a blue-collar person with deep respect for the people of Cache Valley.

Jones has said his priorities are to give Logan residents a greater voice in their government, reduce the high cost of utilities and provide a new direction for current plans for the revitalization of the downtown area.

City residents are invited to monitor the upcoming candidate forum either in-person or virtually, according to Audubon spokesperson Hilary Shughart.

The public can attend the forum at Logan City Hall at 290 North, 100 West in Logan.

The event can also be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFLPAOK5eawKS_RDBUOstRQ

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