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Logan Mayoral Candidates Weigh In On Future For Downtown

Katherine Taylor
Members of the audience shake hands as the mayoral debate ends.

There are four candidates for mayor of Logan: Hayden Nielson, Holly Daines, Brian Seamons and Kyle Barney.

The candidates span a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

Nielson is an 18-year-old student at Utah State University in the last year of a degree in Information Technology, who prioritizes issues including land use and heavy traffic on Main Street.

Nielson advocates for single-family homes in Logan, and is interested in implementing one-way streets on 100 East and 100 West.

Daines has served eight years on the Logan City Municipal Council, and said her time with the city has helped her build an understanding of plans, budgets and the city’s challenges.

She said downtown densification would likely be necessary, and invited the audience to give their opinions at the Town Center Zone Meeting on August 8.

“Several months back, I had meetings with members of the planning commission and members of the city council, and we discussed some of our concerns about the town-center zone,” Daines said. “As that area is increasing in growth, we may get some additional residences there.”

Seamons is a developer, who prioritizes financial efficiency, the preservation of neighborhoods and prevention of development missteps.

Seamons, who wrote a letter to the editor in the Herald Journal against Garden Park Apartments, said he had specific reasons to decide against the apartments because of his work as a developer. 

“You may find this the most ironic of everything you hear tonight, but I am a huge proponent of downtown housing,” he said.

He added that he would like to see apartments similar to those in City Creek in Salt Lake City, mixed use apartments above commercial structures.

Barney is the owner of a small software development company. He says key parts of his plans are ending wasteful spending, fixing traffic and revitalizing Logan’s central neighborhoods.

Barney advocated for densification in the university area instead of downtown, noting that students would likely prefer the type of high-density housing that was poorly received in the downtown area.  He said students make up a significant portion of Logan’s population.

“That’s, give or take, 40 percent of the population of this city,” he said. “If we can densify around the university and get a lot more of them in that area, then I think we can take a lot of pressure off of our roads, and just improve the housing situation for them.”

The primary election will take place on August 15.