Entering Public Service

My friends, you may have noticed a recent spike in my activist/politically-related posts here. If you haven’t noticed this, you haven’t been to my website enough lately, so fix that please.

As I’ve taken the time to peruse the Provo City Code, all 600+ pages of it, I’ve found myself increasingly frustrated by intrusive government and crummy laws. I believe that government is a necessity in this world. I believe in law and rule of law. I believe that a genuinely representative form of government is the right type of government; I also feel that local governments are the best type of representative government due to an increased potential for actual responsiveness.

After years of studying and pondering issues related to government, particularly studying government through the lens of history (yes, I know the victors write the history books), I am finally approaching what I believe are my core values regarding government, its role, and its necessary duties and limitations.

With all of this said, I am now considering running for one of the seats that is opening up on the Provo City Council this year. I have not made a final decision and am announcing nothing official here at all, but I am very curious to know what your thoughts on this potential move might be. Anyone from any locality in the world is welcome to weigh in with your thoughts. I will especially value input from people who live in Provo, Utah, for obvious reasons.

And if I do run, maybe my campaign signs should look like this:





or this:




So, your thoughts?

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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