With the elections right around the corner, most of us are thinking about voting or maybe you already have.
There are many propositions to consider as well as people who will be chosen to represent us, as a community & nation.
But let’s not get all messy & start conversations about politics, let’s simplify the process.
What makes a person decide to “get into” politics?
This question led me to thinking about the local election that’s happening in my city, San Marcos. Who’s running for counsel & why?
Now, this question is a bit of a project undertaking and thankfully, San Elijo Life already interviewed all of the counsel members which they’ve featured on their blog.
But there’s one individual, one candidate that sticks out in my mind.
Why? Because he’s not even 30 yet. How does someone so young decide to get into politics? Well, I decided to ask him to get his perspective.
Why San Marcos?
Mike: When I graduated high school, I had 3 choices for colleges in San Diego. SDSU, Point Loma Nazarene University & Cal State San Marcos. Something kept me coming back to CSUSM & after visiting several times I knew I needed to be here.
What was it about San Marcos that you liked?
Mike: It really felt like a community. After moving to San Marcos, I noticed my neighbors talked to each other. A tight knit community. It reminded me of growing up in the mid-west.
When did you move to CA?
Mike: My family was relocated here in 1999. I was 13 years old & upset to leave my friends behind. We moved to Poway & to this day my parents still live there.
What made you decide to get into politics?
Mike: I developed an interest in government when I was 9 years old. I specifically remember when an Alderman (local counsel member) came to speak at my elementary school. The entire time he spoke I felt uncomfortable because he kept contradicting himself. I just had a feeling he was lying & that’s when I stopped trusting government.
WOW! 9 years old.
Mike: Yeah, I wasn’t the typical kid. The first book I read that really helped me develop my opinion about government was: Conscious of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater.
So what was the turning point for you to decide to run for San Marcos City Counsel?
Mike: A friend of mine owns, Churchill’s Pub & Grille. He was in the middle of renovations a few years ago & ran into some roadblocks with city building/permits departments. I felt bad for the hurdles he had to jump through since his business was losing money because he couldn’t stay open until he got the approvals from the city. I wrote a letter to the Mayor of San Marcos & after a few conversations, I got the necessary approvals for the business to move forward & re-open its doors. My intervention & advocacy really impressed my friend as well as other local business owners who patronized the establishment. They suggested I should get involved in government & that was the first time I could see myself realistically taking that step. So I ran for City Counsel in 2010. I now serve on the San Marcos Traffic and Safety Commission & I am running for 2012 San Marcos City Counsel.
What’s most important to you about being on the City Counsel?
Mike: The community. We need to get out to the people. The role of government should be to serve & defend the people’s rights. I’d like to see community based events held at local businesses where the community talks & the leaders listen.
To learn more about Mike Hansen, visit: http://www.hansen2012.com