An Army veteran has become the third entrant in April’s race for three seats on the Manhattan City Commission.
Daniel Hogan, an Alabama native who came to Manhattan through his military assignment, filed papers entering the race Friday. Hogan joins incumbent Rich Jankovich and John Ball as declared candidates.
A second incumbent, Jim Sherow, has said he will not stand for re-election. The third commissioner whose term expires in April, Loren Pepperd, has not yet declared his intentions.
With more than two weeks remaining before the filing deadline, the field has not yet firmed up. The top two vote-getters in April will win four-year terms on the governing body, joining holdover commissioners John Matta and Wynn Butler. The third place finisher will get a two-year term.
Hogan was a sergeant in the military who served in Afghanistan from April of 2011 until January of 2012. Prior to enlisting in the active Army, he served for 11 years as a member of the Army and Air Force Reserve Components.
He has a degree in criminal justice from Ashworth College, and an associate of applied science in health care management from the Community College of the Air Force. He is working toward a second bachelors degree in management through Peru State College Nebraska.
He said he was motivated to run more by an interest in the experience than by anything that the current commission has done. “I personally have no issues with the current commission,” he said.
But he did express an interest in one topic that periodically comes before the city’s governing body: dogs.
“I personally believe that vicious dogs are the result of irresponsible owners, and not the result of the breed,” Hogan said. He said he would like to see the ordinance remove any language in regard to breed, “and specifically address the individual animal and its owner.”
Beyond that, he indicated he would be slow to make campaign promises. “Promises are always made in campaigns (at all levels) but few of them seem to actually be kept,” he said. “The only thing that I will promise is that I will make an informed decision and act in the best interest of the city and its citizens.”
Hogan is a member of Lafayette Lodge No. 16 AF & AM, a board member of the Manhattan Masonic Association, vice president of the Manhattan Shrine Club, and a member of the Scottish Rite. He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.