After many years as a mayor and councilor in Grande Prairie, Dwight Logan has decided not to run in October’s election.
Logan served the equivalent of three terms as mayor and four as a councilor. He was first elected to council in 1983 and to his first term as mayor in 1986.
He thinks he has made what he terms “some good contributions ” to the city, one of which was a lot of work on cutting back on spending.
“One of the hardest things to do in municipal politics, it’s different from the senior levels of government, is to keep the money under control. If you don’t keep it under control, you have to straighten it out. Well, I was the one who came through the door. I had a good council and we worked on getting a balance back to the finances of the City of Grande Prairie.”
Logan adds much like when he was first elected mayor in 1986, he is worried the city is spending a lot of money.
“I think that we’re going to see some concern during this election about that and there will be, I imagine, some people running to address it. Well, I’ve had my turn at that work and I just wish the people that do get elected all the best.”
He says the thing that stands out the most from his time at city hall is the people he worked with. We asked him what he would like ratepayers to remember him for.
“Well, if it’s people that are new to Grande Prairie, they probably won’t remember me for anything. But the long-termers in Grande Prairie will probably remember me for the straightening-up of the city’s finances.”
Logan is the second veteran politician in Grande Prairie to not seek re-election after Councillor Helen Rice announced earlier this year she will not be running again.