By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Three city council candidates are running for two at-large positions in upcoming municipal elections in both Preston and Dayton.
In Preston, LeRoy Chaney, Sr., is challenging incumbents Todd Thomas and Travis Kunz. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be seated.
Chaney, 60, said he is seeking election because he feels it is time the city gets its nose out of personal property issues and how residents run their homes and land.
Thomas, 51, said, “I want to thank the citizens and employees of Preston for the opportunity to serve them over the past four years. I am seeking re-election because I feel the experience and knowledge I have gained during my time in office regarding our infrastructure, budgeting processes and other city issues/projects can now be used at a higher rate of efficiency to better serve our citizens.
“An important aspect of self-government to me is participation of citizens in any way possible, including attendance at our council meetings. Feedback to us, as a local governing body, is helpful and appreciated.
“Please feel free to contact me through my city email: firstname.lastname@example.org I appreciate your support on election day, Nov. 5.
Kunz, 42, said, “I am running to be a councilman for Preston City because I have had a desire for a long time to ‘pitch-in’ and continue to help the community retain that ‘hometown feel’ where I can continue to raise my children and operate my business,” said Kunz.
“In my line of work, I consult businesses on a daily basis aiding them to make sound financial decisions. I have audited several small and large government entities in Cache and Box Elder counties and I feel that helps qualify me to be a good councilman,” Kunz said.
“My only goal is to do my best for the residents of Preston. I feel many of the former city ‘fathers and mothers’ have done a great job in working to make Preston the place it is today. I want to be a part of this great history.”
“I feel the city needs to do more to promote interest in council meetings, interest in volunteering on our different committees and boards.
“Good people need to step up and serve to continue to make this a desirable place.”
In Dayton Zon Alder, Clint Dunn and Mike Thompson are vying for two council positions.
Alder said he is anxious to return to the city council. “I served two terms and then took a four-year break. I enjoy people, serving the community and working through issues for a positive outcome for all.
“I’d like to help in maintaining the city’s infrastructure, particularly our outstanding water system and supply.”
Dunn said since he was appointed to fill a vacated seat, he has developed a deeper understanding of the community’s problems.
“I believe my good relationship with the mayor and council has aided in resolving the city’s challenges. I believe by continuing to work well together, we can move forward for betterment of the city.” Thompson said he believes his training and experience as a mechanical engineer and financial expert can add real value.
“My focus will be working to develop a comprehensive plan for maintaining the city water system and other infrastructure. We need to be proactive rather than reactive. Planned maintenance can improve reliability and affordably.”
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