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N. Logan candidate shares raspberries, ideas at farmers’ market

October 19th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

By Jaesea Gatherum

NORTH LOGAN — Gordon Younker, one of six candidates for City Council, socialized with potential voters at the last farmers’ market of the season on Saturday.

Gordon Younker

Gordon L. Younker

Younker stood beside a basket full of apples and raspberries from his garden as he waited to chat with passing North Logan residents. However, not many people attended the market, so Younker roamed around the booths, making small talk with the vendors and giving out small cups of raspberries.

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Lizzy Williams, a North Logan resident who ran a homemade craft stand, was one of the people Younker spoke with that morning.

“He asked me where I was from,” Williams said. “He seems like a friendly and outgoing guy.”

Other candidates had been at previous farmers’ markets, she said, but none of them made an effort to talk with her.

Just because Younker is outgoing doesn’t mean he automatically gets her vote, however, Williams said. “It doesn’t mean he’ll be a good city councilman. More goes into it than that.”

Younker, whose family moved to North Logan in 1909, wants to see an increase in citizen turnout at the city’s public meetings.

“One of my goals is to facilitate community dialogue,” he said. “Everyone should have a say.”

From 1994 to 2003, Younker served two terms on North Logan’s City Council and two years as planning commissioner. Then and now, one of his main concerns is to keep the rural feel in the community.

“Developments are going to happen,” he said. “But access to parks and the mountains should always remain accessible.”

That is one of the things he will strive to preserve as North Logan grows, he said.

Younkers is one of six candidates for three North Logan City Council seats.

Elections will be Nov. 3, with polls at the Professional & Technology Building, 2035 N. 1200 East and at the North Logan Library, 475 E. 2500 North. Questions about voting can be answered by the North Logan City Recorder’s Office at (435) 752-1310. See the city’s elections website for more information about the candidates.


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