COLUMN: Petersen is our man in Logan mayor race
A column divided
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013 22:11
From the left
I trekked down to the Logan city offices yesterday morning to make a tough decision. In fact, I was delighted with how tough the decision was — because the decision was choosing between two extraordinarily qualified, smart, dedicated candidates who want to serve as the mayor of Logan: incumbent mayor Randy Watts and challenger Craig Petersen.
Public service — especially elected public service — isn’t always an enviable job. It takes a genuine sense of commitment to a community to decide to run for local office, because the time and effort that the eventual winner will invest in the city and its citizens won’t be nearly commensurate to the remuneration received. As such, it’s a pleasure to encounter an electoral race in which I genuinely believe that either contender would serve the people well.
But while I think that both candidates are up to the task of governing Logan, I do hold a clear preference for the gentleman who I believe will be most dynamic, forward-thinking and Aggie-friendly candidate: Petersen. Himself an Aggie alumnus, Petersen returned to Cache Valley after completing his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University to join the faculty in the Huntsman School of Business as a professor of economics and finance.
It would be hard to find a discipline more relevant to city governance than Petersen’s. During his tenure at USU, Petersen taught courses dealing with local government finance, the interaction of business and government and the fundamentals of American government. Petersen’s academic and professional training make him uniquely qualified to oversee the city’s finances and allocate resources wisely.
Petersen’s administration and leadership credentials are bolstered by his track record in USU senior administration for over 16 years — during which time he served as interim provost, vice provost and chief of staff to the president. Petersen is clearly an accomplished and invested member of the Aggie community, and I believe he can be expected to maintain the highest level of cooperation between Logan City and USU.
Furthermore, Petersen is an experienced public servant and an expert in issues affecting not only Logan but the greater Cache Valley community, having served on the Cache County Council for eighteen years — and having been elected chair of that body four times. Peterson presents himself as a forward-thinking visionary — one who will be willing to make investments in our community to expand economic growth, encourage cultural diversity and secure the future of USU.
Because I believe him to be extraordinarily qualified, experienced and attuned to the needs of the Aggie community, as well as the greater Logan and Cache communities, I am proud to endorse Petersen for Logan city mayor.