He has been a member of the Cache County Council for the last two years and now David Erickson has been elected to a full four-year term. He was appointed by a Republican committee in 2014 to fill the vacant council seat when Craig Buttars left it to become the Cache County Executive.
Erickson, a resident of Smithfield, says he is glad now that he decided to run and grateful for all the support he received from voters in November. He says there has been a lot to learn and the last two years have been a great experience, but he has seen real progress.
“It may not be measured immediately,” says Erickson, “but a lot of the progress that I look at down the road is, especially, they are projecting a huge jump and I think we are on the edge of a huge jump in population in this state.
“I think the next 20 years the value of that water district, and the process going through all that, I think was real positive. Despite some negatives to it, I think down the road the wisdom will definitely come forth on that.”
Erickson says not everyone is happy with decisions made by the council and he was personally against the location of the new landfill now under construction.
Erickson says he hopes to use his position on the council to positively advocate for the agriculture industry in Cache Valley. He teaches agriculture classes at Sky View High School and operates his own farm as well. He says those enrolled in his classes are not there just to become cowboys.
“We’ve got the 4.0 (students) to those who are struggling,” Erickson explains, “those who want to learn about agriculture to those who want to be in agriculture.
“Right now there are so many jobs out there affiliated with agriculture that aren’t being filled, and needing people that are interested in it and (have) a strong desire. And there are good paying jobs.”
He says the technology in the field of agriculture these days is huge and you can tie it into production and work anywhere in the world.