USU freshman, 18, running for River Heights City Council

Skyler Tidwell, River Heights resident and USU freshman, received a call Tuesday, Sept. 15, to let him know that he made it through the primaries for River Heights City Council. After beating Keith Tilley by 16 votes, 18-year-old Tidwell has a shot at one of the two seats that need to be filled. The final election will take place Nov. 3.Tidwell, a big fan of former President George W. Bush, said he aspires to be governor of Texas and one day president of the United States. Tidwell’s father, Shawn Tidwell, said one day his son started following Bush’s election and ever since then he’s been reaching for the “hot seat.” After serving as Mountain Crest High School’s senior class president, Tidwell said he believes a spot on the city council is the next step up the ladder. Two of the city’s candidates are incumbents: Douglas L. Clausen and Kathryn Hadfield. Tidwell said the two will be the hardest to beat because they are already well-known by the people of River Heights. “I didn’t expect to make it this far,” Tidwell said. “It’s a miracle I’m keeping my head above water.”Tidwell said he thinks the reason why he won in the primaries is because Tilley didn’t get his campaign signs set up early enough to have his name recognized, while Tidwell was the first of all the candidates to place any signs. Though Tidwell won, he said he isn’t completely happy about the outcome.”I’m hard on myself. To be honest, 44 votes is pathetic. Only 17 percent of the city voted. There are a lot more votes to catch (in the next election),” Tidwell said. Political science professor Michael Lyons discussed with Tidwell about the measures that must be taken if he wants a chance at a seat on the council. Lyons said Tidwell will not have to be everything the people want but will need to be able to convey to people of River Heights that he will listen to them.

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