Write-in candidate for Farmington City Council becomes unlikely winner

- A newly-elected Farmington city council member has accomplished a rare victory, winning his seat after a write-in campaign.

Joshua Hoyt decided to run for city council only 78 days before Election Day--the same day he attended his first city council meeting.

“I think this is going to serve notice that people are tired of conventional politics, they’re tired of the narrative,” said Hoyt.

Hoyt originally planned on running for city council in 2020, but a publicized clash between the council and constituents over the abrupt firing of police chief Brian Lindquist accelerated his plans.

“I felt like we were heard, but not listened to,” he said. “It was the context of which it was handled and the lack of clarity we received.”

Hoyt had campaign signs made, knocked on doors, and gained hundreds of followers on Facebook where he made his pitch through self-shot videos.

“We just beat the drum,” said Hoyt. “It was phone calls, coffee conversations, end of drive way conversations… it was getting them to know who I was and why I wanted to do this.”

Hoyt ended up getting more than 2,000 votes and around 17 percent of the total count. He beat out six people for the job.

“People are going to see what happened in Farmington with the write-in campaign and think, ‘my voice does matter, my vote will count.’”

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