Ben Porter for Eagle Mountain City Council

Friends, this is an extremely difficult note to write, but I wanted to offer some explanation, particularly for those of you who have been involved in the campaign. My situation at work changed quickly in an unpredictable way a few weeks ago. I found myself in a situation where I was forced to choose between several things that are very important to me. As with any difficult decision, I tried to weigh all the options and game plans in hopes of arriving at a clear optimal choice.

After considering the many different possibilities, it became clear that the best thing for my family and my career is to move on to a new role, but sadly I don’t think that role will allow me to give Eagle Mountain my all. I could continue, but I have doubts as to whether I could fulfill both my employment obligations and my city council obligations 100%. For that reason, I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the city council race. My lack of certainty indicates to me that it would be better for Eagle Mountain for me to withdraw and allow someone else to take the seat. I want what is best for Eagle Mountain, and I think at this time the best thing is for me to step aside. I know this will come as a great disappointment to many, and I sincerely apologize for that. It has been extremely disappointing to me as well. I truly hope that this is not the end. Perhaps in two or four years the situation will be much better.

I have deeply appreciated meeting so many of you, and learning about your thoughts regarding the issues we face. I have been touched and humbled by the support I have received. I think our future in Eagle Mountain is tremendously bright, and I plan to continue staying involved. I think that while I have some different views than some of the other candidates, overall we are in a very good situation. I think all of the candidates are good people with good intentions, hopes, and dreams for the city and its people. I wish them the best as they continue with the race.

Thank you to all the people who have reached out to express support. Thank you to the current council members and candidates for being great people. It has been a pleasure getting to know all of you. I look forward optimistically to the future.