Emily Buckley, editor in chief 

 

North Logan wrote a line in its history book when residents elected Lyndsay Peterson as their first female mayor in November. She was inaugurated last month.

 

Mayor Peterson felt a wide range of support from women and men throughout the community when she made the decision to run for the position, and it continued throughout her campaign. “I watched a broad swath of our community rally and support me,” she said. “I had contemporaries who had never been involved in politics who jumped into my campaign and who continue their civic involvement. I also want to acknowledge community leaders, men and women, who encouraged, supported, and endorsed me. Cache Valley is a place that prioritizes community and family, and I think that electing leaders who are women is an extension of that value system.”

As for why this piece of history matters, Mayor Peterson says that she hopes that her service validates all of the ways women lead: as coaches, on PTA boards, and volunteering in causes about which they feel passionately.

“Women in our community contribute in so many ways,” she said. “Having a diversity of perspectives is so valuable as we make decisions that impact the families in our valley.

Growth and its attendant issues were among the main themes of Mayor Peterson’s campaign. “[North Logan] as a city has to figure out ways to grow deliberately and to provide our citizens with the necessary infrastructure to accommodate that growth,” she said.

She added that North Logan’s offerings are a benefit to Cache Valley as a whole. “North Logan has a robust recreation program that has the most participants in all of the valley,” she said. “We have an amazing library and we love being a place that draws people to our area for amazing programs. We have some other projects up our sleeves that will hopefully continue to bring people to [North Logan].”

“Erik and my kids have been incredibly supportive,” Mayor Peterson said. “They handed out flyers and walked in parades during my campaign, and they were probably more nervous than I was during the meet-the-candidate night. Erik is loving his new role as the first gentleman, although he’s already exceeded his annual allotment of photoshoots and ceremonies.”

Mayor Peterson’s campaign platform revolved around the idea of building for the future while preserving community values. She says that her grandfather was a fourth-generation rancher who fostered a feeling of responsibility for strengthening the community in which she lives.

Since moving to Cache Valley in 2016 with her husband, Erik Peterson, DO, an orthopedic surgeon, at Alpine Orthopaedic Specialists, she has done everything she can to honor the wisdom of her grandfather and strengthen her community.

Soon after arriving in the valley, Mayor Peterson attended a Friends of the North Logan Library book sale, signed up to become a member of the board, and later began serving as president, in 2017.

“We’ve been working for years in tandem with city leaders on a new city complex, including new city offices, a community center, and a library expansion,” Mayor Peterson said. “I’ve been passionate about seeing that project to its conclusion and feel fortunate that I’ll be able to continue my participation in the city center construction as mayor.”

Mayor Peterson also served on the North Logan planning commission for many years where she says she got a real taste of the issues North Logan is faces.

“Nearly every area of Utah is experiencing profound growth and I’m hoping to guide North Logan in growing in a deliberate, responsible way.”

Mayor Peterson will balance her new civic responsibilities with her ongoing duties of a mother. She and Erik are parents to three children: Daphne (12), Henry (10), and Theo (7).

“We came to Cache Valley having no connections to the area, but we’ve fallen in love with this valley very quickly and understand why people are so motivated to settle down here,” she said.

“We love being able to go to Bear Lake on a whim in the summer, ski at Beaver and Cherry Peak, kayak at First Dam, hike in Logan Canyon, and play soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, and baseball.”

“When I asked my kids about whether I should file for mayor, Henry said that he’d like to have the kind of mom who runs for mayor.”

Mayor Peterson earned both an undergraduate degree in finance and a law degree from Brigham Young University and worked as an environmental litigation attorney in Ohio for over a decade. She informally retired from her law career before moving to Utah.

“I’ve transitioned from private practice to public service roles, putting my legal background to work analyzing ordinances and bylaws,” Mayor Peterson said.