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Keeping an eye on strong residential growth is one of the main concerns of Salem City Council candidates.

Six candidates will be on the ballot for three open seats on Nov. 7. The top three vote-getterswill be declared the winners.Council member Michael Rawson chose not to run for re-election this year. Incumbents Lane Henderson and Mary C. Klug are on the ballot.

Here is a synopsis of the candidates and their views:

Michael B. Daley would like the City Council to take time to look at each resident's problem individually. "I don't think that there's enough people in politics that really care about the people," he said.

With strong growth the city has experienced, the council must continue to pay attention to the people, particularly the children and the elderly.

Daley, 35, a journeyman at PDM Inc., is concerned that no library is available in the city. He would like to see some service-oriented businesses locate in Salem, particularly a grocery store. Although crime is not a large problem in Salem now, Daley believes it should be addressed now before it becomes a problem.

Daley grew up in the area, attended City Council meetings and developed an interest in civic affairs.

Lane Henderson said planning for - and keeping up with growth - are the main issues facing Salem. "The big concern I have right now is the commercial growth," he said.

Salem needs commercial growth to financially offset its strong residential growth. He stresses that he doesn't want to attract just any business but is seeking clean commercial business.

Henderson, 37, owner of the Spanish Fork Press and J-Mart Publishing, also wants to maintain the quality of life of the people, adding he supports youth education and drug awareness programs. The candidate said he is running for re-election because he wants to complete several projects that are under way.

Daley has been the Salem Days chairman for two years, president of the Utah Press Association and past president of Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce.

Mary C. Klug, 40, said she feels that through working with professional planners and zoning ordinances, the problem of growth in Salem can be controlled. "I think we have done a good job so far, and I think we will continue to do that," she said.

The candidate is pleased with expansion of the city's recreation program and wants to continue to work on projects such as a new recreation complex. "The city really is in good shape in most respects. . . . I really do care and I'm open to citizens' suggestions, and I encourage them to call and give me their opinion. And I love Salem, and I want the best for it," said the homemaker and substitute teacher.

Reid W. Nelson says growth and its costs are issues facing the city. "It causes a few strains and it needs to be well planned and managed. I think the city is doing well. I think they're doing some things that they've needed to do and I support the direction that they've been going recently."

Nelson, 44, a banker, said he doesn't have much of an agenda to start out with as a council member but does have a great desire to serve and listen to the concerns and ideas of the citizens.

Nelson has served on the Salem Board of Adjustment and Utah County Library Board.

Richard Nelson also sees growth as a primary issue in Salem and wants to see programs in place that would offset any problems with gangs or crime that might result from growth. "I really don't like politics. I just see things happening in other cities and I would like to do what I can to prevent the negative things from happening here."

Nelson, 39, an insurance salesman, wants to "maintain a family city," a city of values and low crime that is a good place to live. He supports new businesses locating in the area that would offer beneficial services to the citizens.

Nelson said he's an interested citizen that wants to add his input to the council.

Fred J. Ficklin said the city has gone to great lengths to develop a master plan. "I'd like to see the master plan refined for the best interest of the people of Salem, and I'd like to see Salem grow in a normal, controlled fashion and not a runaway-type situation, utilizing our resources and yet not overgrowing our water supply and our capabilities."

Ficklin, 68, said the city should continue to "hold the line and address the new requests and new problems as they arrive and determine what's in the best interest of the people of Salem and not just jump off and make a lot of changes and do some hodgepodge planning that will create future problems for Salem." He has served on the city's technical committee for solid waste products and the utility rates board.