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Five seeking Lewiston city council seats

September 11th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Kate Clark

LEWISTON — Residents of Lewiston will be in good hands for four more years with any of the candidates running for Lewiston City Council this fall.

Primary elections Sept. 15 will narrow the five candidates, K. Roy Hall, Robert Hardy, Karen Jackson, Robert Everett Martinez and Regan Wheeler, to two.

All candidates agree that changes need to be made in order for Lewiston to have a better future.

Martinez, Lewiston resident of nine years, says, “I don’t want to go in and make drastic changes. I want to improve on what we have.”

Martinez would like to see a small restaurant built to bring the community together. He would also like to see improvements made to the sewer system to continue the city’s growth, without losing Lewiston’s small-town appeal.

Hardy and Hall would also love to see Lewiston stay a rural and agricultural area.

“I value the rural lifestyle, the integrity and honesty of the residents and the small town atmosphere where everyone knows most everyone else,” says Hall. He has lived most of his life in Lewiston and feels a responsibility to the community that he has grown up in and is now raising a family of his own.

Hardy has lived in Lewiston for six years and feels a civic duty towards serving his community. “It’s an honor to run,” Hardy says.

Hall serves as a sergeant with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, which gives him a broad knowledge of the government. He is also a salesman at Hall Oil Co. Hall would like to see council minutes, mayor’s reports, city ordinances, planning and zoning ordinances and all the city’s forms online so the public can become more involved in the community.

Hardy has experience working on a school board in Montana and learned his work ethic growing up on a cattle farm. “I plan to bring honesty and to help with things like keeping the streets clean and safe.”

“I’m going in as the person who is going to listen to the issues,” says Martinez, who served in the U.S. Army for six years and is now a licensed electrician. “I’m no politician, and I’m not claiming to be. In order to make a difference you need to stand up for what you believe in. I want to get involved.”

If one thing is clear it is that all the candidates would like Lewiston to stay the safe, small-town community that it has been for years.

Hardy says, “I care a lot about people. I love this little community we’re in.”

Attempts were made to contact candidates Regan Wheeler and Karen Jackson by e-mail and telephone with no success.

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