My Plans as Councilman

Note: This is the fourth (and final) of a series of posts to hopefully help expand on my candidacy for Clinton City Council. You can read the first piece here, the second piece here, the third piece here, Like my campaign page on Facebook for other updates, or follow me on Twitter to learn more. Thanks for reading!

When I first decided to run for City Council earlier this year, I didn’t really have a reason why I thought it was a good idea. I was a little frustrated with the election results from November and wanted to make a change. Since I can’t really participate in partisan politics due to the Hatch Act, I decided to get involved locally, and as my lawn signs* say: “All politics is local.” I truly believe that, and some of the most direct impact we can have as citizens is by talking to our municipal officials.

*If you would like on of these signs for your yard and you live in Clinton, let me know!

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Isn’t it fancy? Available for free if you want one!

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My Concerns For Clinton

Note: This is the third of a series of posts to hopefully help expand on my candidacy for Clinton City Council. You can read the first piece here, the second piece here, Like my campaign page on Facebook for other updates, or follow me on Twitter to learn more. Thanks for reading!

This post is an introduction to my “platform” as it were for my run for Clinton City Council. I didn’t run for city council because I think the current members of the council are doing a bad job; on the contrary, I believe that my opponents have Clinton’s best interest in mind every time that they make a decision that affects our city. I have no complaints about how anyone on the council represents the city, and will gladly support them beyond our election in November.

That said, if I am lucky enough to represent you on the Clinton City Council, I would have the following three priorities: Continue reading

Why I’m Running For Clinton City Council

Note: This is the second of a series of posts to hopefully help expand on my candidacy for Clinton City Council. You can read the first piece here, Like my campaign page on Facebook for other updates, or follow me on Twitter to learn more. Thanks for reading!

I don’t remember what piqued my initial interest in politics. From a young age, I was interested in the fringes of politics. While I was growing up, my parents listened to talk radio, so I read a few books by Rush Limbaugh and others to try and build a political identity. For most of my young life, I guess I was a Republican by default due to my parents and growing up in Utah. I remember the Gulf War unfolding on television in 1991, and some bits and pieces about the election of 1992, but I was still too young to understand what everything meant.

This probably started to change as I approached high school and started to “rebel” against my parents as teenagers tend to do. And part of this rebellion was against the political party of my father. My father was a proud “Reagan Republican,” though this doesn’t mean that he always voted for the Republican option for president. I remember him attending the GOP Caucus in the early ’90s and returning home (or receiving later in the mail) a picture of him shaking hands with Orrin Hatch, Utah’s senior senator at the time (and currently). Nevertheless, some of my antagonism against Bush or Dole in the ’90s might have been more about having a reason to argue with my dad, and my political identity began shifting once I started college in the fall of 1999.*

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Where I Came From

Note: This will be the first of a series of posts regarding my run for Clinton City Council in November. If you want to follow updates on my campaign, please feel free to Like my campaign page on Facebook for follow me on Twitter.

I was born in Provo, Utah, the third (of six) children to Ronald and Stella Eberhard. When I was a little over two years old, my family moved to West Valley City, where I grew up and consider my hometown. I had a pretty typical middle-class childhood for a person of my generation, participating in Little League, playing in the school band, and generally just staying out of trouble. I attended the local public schools – Whittier Elementary, Hunter Junior, and Hunter High – from which I graduated in 1999.

I was an above average student in high school, and briefly considered joining the Army immediately after graduation to “see the world” (and drive tanks). Instead, I decided to attend Weber State University to study accounting, switching over to political science when I did poorly in an accounting pre-requisite course. However, the pull of the Army was too great, and I ultimately decided to join the Army Reserve in 2000, enlisting as a Paralegal Specialist (I once wanted to go to law school) in August with plans of completing initial training the following summer. I also decided that I would be moving to Connecticut upon the completion of training for personal reasons. Continue reading