Get to Know Eric Lochtefeld
Get to Know Eric Lochtefeld
Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
My name is Eric Lochtefeld, a proud millennial running for Celina City Council. I was raised, live and work in our community. My interest in local government began in high school. As a Celina High School and Tri Star graduate, I am passionate about today’s youth and Celina’s future generations.
I work at the Mercer County District Library in Celina and enjoy serving the public. As a young entrepreneur, I started Lochte Technology Ltd, a small web design business, while in college. Serving as the current president of the Mercer County 4-H Advisory Committee and as a Club Advisor, I see how important it is to inspire today's youth. That is why it worries me to see our community facing the constant trend of losing its young and newly-educated students to areas with higher population density.
I have degrees in Computer Networking and Business Administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio and currently serve on the UNOH Technology Advisory Board. With this background I hope to help bring fresh ideas and current technology to our vibrant city.
Why are you running for this office?
Attending city council meetings while in high school sparked my interest in community involvement. Not only did I earn extra credit in government class, I learned so much about the political process and what it takes to manage, maintain, and improve a vibrant city like Celina. Those insights and my passion for attracting and retaining future generation to our area drove me to run to be Celina’s youngest council member.
What are the most important issues on your campaign?
I have three main platform ideas: Creating a safe and beautiful community, investing alongside homeowners and job creators, and attracting and retaining our future generations. Read more at: https://Lochtefeld.us/platform
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
My left eye has sectoral heterochromia (a condition in which the colored part of the eye (iris) is multicolored). My blue eye has a brown slash through it, I call it my 4-o'clock eye.
What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
Ohio is the heart of the United States. The people and communities here are friendly, kind, and hardworking. When our City was hit by the Memorial Day Tornadoes it was amazing to see our entire community band together to support those affected. We are #CelinaStrong.
Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
N/A (Go Sportsball!)
If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
"High Hopes" - Panic! at the Disco
What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
Parks and Recreation. (Multiple Times)
If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in?
Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
1. Our society needs to talk about politics and issues facing our future in a more open way. Many people are brought up and instructed to not talk about issues that may be controversial. We need to be talking about these issues and using our voice for a better future.
2. Get out and Vote!
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