Many thanks to the Idaho Press-Tribune for informing the public of my candidacy for Nampa City Council (here). I thought I’d post the fuller, unredacted submission here, just to provide a broader context of my statements. This is not a complaint, to be clear. I submitted a long piece, and it was subject to editing discretion on their part. Anyhow, here’s the fuller version:
Rick Hogaboam has announced that he’s running for Nampa City Council, seat 3. Hogaboam is married to his wife of 15 years, Mimi, and they have 5 children. He’s currently a pastor at Sovereign Grace Fellowship and the executive director at Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center, a non-profit that provides free resources for those facing a pregnancy decision, as well as free resources for newborns and young children to help families facing financial hardship. Prior to these positions, Hogaboam has also worked in education as a high school and middle school teacher, varsity baseball coach, and for UPS and Toyota.
He’s volunteered locally as a girls’ softball coach for the Nampa Parks and Recreation League, baseball coach for the Challenger Little League division (special needs athletes), and supports the work of Love INC, Lighthouse Rescue Mission, and other local charities. Hogaboam has degrees in theology and certificates in writing (University of Texas), non-profit management (University of the Pacific), and was a Kern Fellow at Acton University (a function of Acton Institute, a think-tank based in Grand Rapids, MI, that focuses on promoting a “free and virtuous society”).
Hogaboam notes as his goals for Nampa the promotion of freedom, safety, and prosperity: “My collaborative experiences in the corporate world, in the education sector, in pastoral ministry and non-profit leadership, a multi-disciplinary education, and voluntarism have really put me in touch with various spheres of society that allow me to connect with and understand the complementary contributions that we all make to the prosperity and virtue of Nampa as a whole. My goal as a city councilman is to prioritize public safety and infrastructure to allow maximal freedom and prosperity for the people and for all of the great mediating institutions in our community. The greatness of Nampa is the people. City government has an important but limited role. A revived localism is necessary when the one-size-fits-all solutions of big, centralized government often fail to grasp or fit the uniqueness of our community. Government closest to the people works best for the people.”
More information on the campaign can be found at: rickhogaboamfornampa.org