Candidates for vacant county council position make their case

A vacancy on the Cache County Council was created when Val Potter left to become a state representative in the Utah Legislature for District 3. Now three Republicans are vying for his position on the council and the winner will be determined on Wednesday, February 1st.

The candidates include Gina Worthen, Lloyd Berentzen and Elaine Nelson, all residents of North Logan. The new council member will represent the county’s Northeast District.

Berentzen currently serves as Mayor of North Logan but is about to end his second term in that position. He was a member of the North Logan City Council prior to becoming mayor. Berentzen says those experiences have made him knowledgeable of how local government works and he believes he could make a contribution.

“The council certainly has had some difficult issues from time to time that they have had to deal with,” says Berentzen. “It is kind of similar to the things that you have to deal with at the municipal level.

“All I really hope to do is, regardless of what the issue is, is apply the same principals and try to be the wisest and fairest in any decision process that we would make.”

Gina Worthen says she would like to be elected because she has worked for both the community and the Republican party. She feels well qualified for the council job.

“One of the things that I’d like to do, as you know my background is journalism, I will take those skills that I had as a journalist to inform people about what is going on and listen to their concerns,” says Worthen. “I would like to see the county deal more with the citizens and the elected county officials and city officials and working together to solve issues we face as a county.”

Nelson has formerly served on the North Logan City Council and says she would very much like to serve on the Cache County Council. She believes she is well qualified for the position.

“I’ve had some extensive experience in city council,” Nelson explains. “I’ve had extensive experience serving on the Cache Mosquito Abatement Board. I’ve been chair of the board for three years and I’ve served on that board for 10 years.

“I know budgeting, I know public meetings, I know public processes, I know taxation, I know land issues. During (my time) on city council I was extensively involved in making sure that our city filed change applications so we could always have our water secure.”

The Wednesday meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Cache County Council chambers. Those voting for the new council member will be county delegates, precinct officers and voters from Republican districts Hyde Park 1 and 2, North Logan 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and Smithfield districts 4 and 5.

The winner’s name will be forwarded to Cache County Republican Party Chairman Boyd Pugmire who will present it to the Cache County Council.

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