Targeting the wrong Ogden candidates — for the wrong reasons

Thursday , October 05, 2017 - 4:30 AM4 comments

STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD

Give Kerry Wayne some credit, anyway. He acted on his convictions.

Even if they were misguided.

Wayne, who lives in Marriott-Slaterville, thinks three members of the Ogden City Council don’t adequately support the Ogden Nature Center. So he wants to defeat them in the Nov. 7 general election. Mayor Mike Caldwell, too.

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“My goal is to change out the council and the mayor completely,” Wayne told Tim Vandenack, a reporter for the Standard-Examiner.

That will be difficult, since Caldwell won a second term in 2016 and isn’t on the November ballot. And only four of the council’s seven seats are up for election.

Wayne lives near the Ogden Nature Center. He decided to target council members Marcia White, Doug Stephens and Bart Blair for defeat after Caldwell secretly attempted to remove federal deed restrictions on the center last summer and clear space in the Business Depot Ogden for a rail car manufacturer.

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White, Stephens and Blair had nothing to do with it. In fact, when the council found out about the initiative, they reacted strongly.

“I put my foot down,” said White, the council chairwoman, who called Caldwell to voice her opposition.

Wayne’s allegation that she didn’t defend the nature center are “both misleading and outright false,” White said.

But it’s too late now. Wayne printed 2,200 copies of a flier calling for the defeat of White, Stephens and Blair and already distributed about half of them around Ogden.

Mary McKinley, executive director of the Ogden Nature Center, calls Wayne’s efforts “concerning.”

“We have a very positive relationship with the current city council. In fact, we have a history of having very positive relationships with the city council,” McKinley said.

If voters listen to Wayne and vote against White, Stephens and Blair, they’re only hurting the Ogden Nature Center. Wayne’s beef is with Caldwell, not the city council.

Getting involved in politics makes us a stronger community. Before you do, however, you need to understand the issues.

In this case, Wayne picked the wrong candidates to target — for the wrong reasons.

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