Brogan Fullmer, a graduate from Weber State University, is running for West Point City Council for the third time in an election
taking place on Nov. 5. At 24 years old, Fullmer is the youngest candidate on the ballot.
“I got clobbered the first time. I didn’t really know what I was doing, and I was pretty young,” Fullmer said. “The second time we had an incredible turnout, and I lost by only 72 votes.”
Fullmer was 18 when he first ran for city council, and now his third time at the polls has seen scandal. An opponent of Fullmer’s accused him of illegal practices in order to get him taken off the ballot. The city had already cleared Fullmer of any wrongdoing.
Eric Braegger, one of the original candidates for the West Point City Council, said he was approached and asked to make a complaint against Fullmer.
“He told me, ‘If I am the only one that makes a complaint, they won’t do anything, but if you complain, they will look at the case, and you could get back on the ballot,'” Braegger said.
Braegger, a Draper City police officer, has since posted videos that detail the improprieties of the election on his website.
“The reason I did it was because I felt like people were going to go out and vote, but I have intimate knowledge as to what was happening and the whole process, and I felt it was important that people know what happened so they could be informed,” Braegger said.
There are currently two open seats on the West Point City Council. Fullmer was among five candidates running for one of those seats. Under state law, primaries were to be held in order to narrow it down to four candidates. Braegger was the fifth incumbent and did not make it past primaries.
“The scandal is that a candidate tried to co-opt other candidates to get another candidate removed from the ballot,” Fullmer said. “I was hurt by it. It was dirty, heinous, and I hate to say it, but malicious.”
Fullmer said that despite these issues he has faced, he remains optimistic about the elections and just wants to make his mark. A resident of West Point his whole life, Fullmer said he has aspirations to keep the small-town feel.
“I want to save things,” Fullmer said. “A place I used to play as a kid is now the mayor’s house.”
Fullmer said he wants to keep farming alive in West Point and preserve some favorite childhood locations, but would also like to see industries the citizens want come into West Point.
Fullmer said many of the skills he has that are necessary to be a councilman can be attributed to his time spent at WSU. A graduate from the Goddard School of Business & Economics, he said he felt his teachers really cared about him.
He also said he believes many of his business classes have helped him develop a strong sense of self and enabled him to be a better candidate for the people of West Point.
“In my mind, if you really want to make a difference in the world, politics is where you do it,” Fullmer said. “Where better to start than in your own community?”