In yesterday's article by Angelique McNaughton in the Park Record, Utah House of Representatives candidate Logan Wilde shared his views on several issues of importance to voters in District 53:
Property Rights and Water Access
"Wilde said he favors a hands-off approach by the government unless it affects the health, safety or welfare of the community.
'I do think the government needs to get involved with property rights when it starts to affect that,' Wilde said. 'I also believe the public has a right to access waterways in a responsible manner. We do not limit access on waterways because we’ve tried that before and it becomes, in my opinion, burdensome on the landowners.
'I think it comes more of a philosophical question of: how do you protect the landowner to secure what he is trying to do and how do you grant access to water in a responsible way?'"
Second Amendment Protections
"Wilde also described himself as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, saying that we have 'enough firearm laws for today’s problems.' Wilde said he carries a .22 caliber gun as part of his job.
'There are several laws that have been broken during these instances of gun violence and I think we need to just be responsible,' Wilde said."
Local Government Control
"Wilde said he is ready to pick up where [outgoing Representative Mel] Brown left off, however, he emphasized the need to 'stand up and fight' more for essential programs. He noted that local governments know best what those essential programs are.
'I think Summit County needs to lean on their county councilors because I think they have a better grasp on what is needed in Summit County than I do, which is why it is very important to listen to those local governments and school districts to actually take what they are saying and apply it in the Legislature.'"
Public Land Management
"Wilde said he is opposed to the privatization of public lands, but said he also appreciates the debate that is taking place over the Public Lands Initiative. He said there is a 'big problem' with how those lands are currently managed.
'I’m not quite sure the state can manage all of them, but there are some that I think they would do a better job of managing,' Wilde said."
To read more about Logan's views on major issues, visit the Issues page.
To ask Logan a question, call him at 801-940-2995 or email him at email@example.com .
This summer Logan Wilde and his family have traveled far and wide across District 53 to attend each of the county celebrations and parades. His favorite part has been meeting with and listening to the concerns and thoughts of everyday people.
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BRIEF TIMELINE OF PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
6/28/16 Logan ahead by 64 votes (link)
6/29/16 Too close to call (link)
7/1/16 Logan ahead by 7 votes (after being behind 7 votes at lunch) (link)
7/5/16 Logan ahead by 16 votes (link)
7/8/16 Logan ahead by 10 votes (link)
7/12/16 Logan ahead by 8 votes (link)
7/26/16 Official state canvass, Logan ahead by 8 votes (link)
7/28/16 Mel Brown requests a recount (link)
8/2/16 Recount done, Logan ahead by 9 votes (link)
8/15/16 Mel Brown files legal challenge (link)
8/29/16 Mel Brown drops lawsuit (link)
In a KCPW radio interview with Representative Mel Brown earlier this month, Leslie Thatcher remarked, “Word on the street is that Mr. Wilde was backed by those who support charter schools. Should we be concerned that even more funding gets pulled from our traditional schools?”
Representative Brown responded, “Oh, I think that’s true. I don’t know this directly, it’s strictly a supposition on my part. But I think he was supported by that group, at least there’s some indication."
This allegation is untrue and misleading. Logan Wilde has not received any such money or support, as shown in his financial statements available here, and here.
When it comes to education funding, local control is Logan's main priority. Utah residents must have an effective voice over how and when they are to be taxed to educate Utah's children.
Check out Logan's views on education here, or feel free to contact him here.
By Wendi Baggaley
While the nation and the world have had their eyes fixed on the US Presidential race, here at home our favorite candidate has been receiving quite a bit of attention from political watchers in our state. Lee Davidson from The Salt Lake Tribune even recently quipped, "Utah's House District 53 continues to be a Wilde race." He further remarked:
"The race saw razor-thin margins in counts since polls closed June 28. On election night, Wilde held a 64-vote lead. That dwindled to 11 votes on the first vote update July 1; grew slightly to a 16-vote lead July 5; and went back to a 10-vote edge Friday, before the final eight-point margin."
This eight-point lead was certified on Tuesday by Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, and all five counties are expecting Representative Mel Brown (incumbent) to ask for a recount which will hopefully wrap up next week.
In the meantime, feel free to check out our Media Archives and then enjoy this video representing what an absolutely Wilde ride this has been!
After yesterday's update by county clerk offices across District 53, Logan still leads his opponent by 10 votes. Three counties - Duchesne, Rich, and Morgan - have already completed their official election count. Called the "Official Canvass of Election Returns", this meeting is where the ballot counts are double checked by the county's legislative body and provisional ballots are either validated and counted or discarded. Once the results are approved, the County Clerk certifies the official results and sends them to the State Elections Office.
Although Logan is in the lead, two more counties are waiting till the last last possible day to conduct their official voting canvass. Daggett County will hold its canvass on Tuesday, July 12th at 10 am at 95 N., 1st W. Manila, Utah. Summit County will hold its canvass the same day at noon at 60 N. Main Street, Coalville, Utah. These meetings are open to the public.
But what about a recount? According to state law, if the difference in votes between the two candidates falls under .25% of the total votes cast in the race then the losing candidate can request a recount which would be conducted by the Lt. Governor's Office. Estimating the total vote count to be five thousand ballots cast, .25% of 5,000 works out to be 12 votes.
So..... till Tuesday....
LAST UPDATED AT 11:00 pm
As of 10:00pm, all five counties had reported that their counting was complete. However, they will continue to update their counts throughout the week as provisional and last minute mail in ballots are received and processed. (Click on the county name for the link to unofficial posted results.)
Mel Brown Logan Wilde
Daggett 132 / 62.26% 80 / 37.74% All precincts reporting
Duchesne 284 / 56.46% 219 / 43.54% All precincts reporting
Morgan 386 / 23.42% 1262 / 76.58% All precincts reporting
Rich (267 / 66.09%) (137 / 33.91%) No elections results posted
Summit 1161 / 66.08% 596 / 33.92% All precincts reporting
TOTALS: 2230 / 49.29% 2294 / 50.71% Total Votes Counted: 4524
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT
Wendi Baggaley, Campaign Manager
Logan Wilde for House 53
For a "political junkie" like me, waiting for the unofficial returns on election night is like the last minute holding-your-breath feel before a three-pointer swooshes in the basket in the NBA Finals. As a team, we've worked hard to support our star player - Logan Wilde - to outrun and outmaneuver the opponent as much as possible. We've been up against some stiff competition but we're so very close to winning. Now we're down to the last few seconds of the clock, the ball has finally left Logan's hands, and all we can do is pray and wait. Sigh!
In the meantime, join us at our Virtual Elections Returns Party in the next blog post to keep track of which counties have reported their results. And don't forget to breathe - it may be a long night!
A rancher, family man and Council Chair in Morgan County, I will fight for local control of education, land, and agriculture in the Utah State Legislature
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