QUALIFICATIONS - Local and State Government
Cache County Council 2011 (Present, 2nd Term) -Chairman, County Council (2013 & 2014)
Mayor of North Logan City (2002-2006)
North Logan City Council Member (1992-1996)
Republican State Central Committee Member (2006 – Present)
Cache County Republican Executive Committee (2006 – Present)
State and County Republican Delegate (2006 – Present)
Bear River Association of Governments, Board Member (2011 –Present) -Board Chairman (2015)
Professional and Personal
Executive Director of Development, USU College of Engineering
Graduate of Utah State University
Married to Nancy Hansen Potter, 3 children
Taken from an article first published in the Herald Journal, By Clayton Gefre staff writer. Jan 6, 2016.
"Several members of the Cache County Council announced plans for the coming year, with Councilman Val Potter declaring his candidacy for the Utah State Legislature and longtime council members Cory Yeates and Kathy Robison confirming they will not seek re-election in 2016.
“I think this has been part of a process that has been an evolution in my desire to serve,” Potter said in an interview with The Herald Journal. “I started in local politics because I felt there was a need for certain things to be accomplished. I see the chance to serve the Legislature as a chance to create bigger impacts for our county, and I’m excited for this opportunity.”
Potter will run for the District 3 seat of the Legislature, currently occupied by Rep. Jack Draxler (R-North Logan), who announced in December he would not be seeking re-election in 2016 following 10 years in office.
As a former mayor and city councilman for North Logan, and serving his sixth year as the Northeast District representative on the County Council, Potter said his experience with politics at the local level help to set him apart from members of the Legislature, only 17 of which served as city councilors or commissioners prior to their election.
“I see my local service as a benefit,” Potter said. “I’ve worked with members of the Legislature on county issues, so I think I have a unique perspective on both how the Legislature works and how those decisions affect the county. I think my experience could bring more exposure to how things work on the local level.”
If elected to the Legislature, Potter’s said his biggest goals laid in the fields of education, where he wants to expand opportunities for growth across all school levels, as well as in law enforcement, where he would like to draw attention to current demands on the justice system and provided increased care and rehabilitation for convicts coming through the system.
“I think if anyone is a good fit for the Legislature, it’s Val,” Councilwoman Kathy Robison said. “He was an excellent chairman in 2014, and I know the Legislature would benefit from his perspectives and his leadership ability.”