Thirty-five-year-old David Arbogast is running for Chesterfield City council in Ward 1, facing longtime incumbent Barry Flachsbart in the election Tuesday.
Arbogast said he works for Byrne Software in Chesterfield. HUD Form Creator is also linked with his work, and provides services in lending/loan applications with the Federal Housing Authority.
His campaign website indicates he spent the majority of the past 20 years in information technology.
"I have conceived, designed, and delivered solutions that allow governments, businesses, and individuals to do more with less. I have the experience necessary to analyze and improve processes, understand how the right tools can empower people and organizations, and understand the importance of generating worthwhile return on investment," Arbogast said.
He believes there is room for business growth in Chesterfield, according to his election website. He said this in a recent post to Chesterfield Patch:
"I am running for office because I believe in giving back to our community. I have lived in Chesterfield nearly all my life and work right here in town. I will make a positive difference for our City, and it was my choice alone to run for office. My goal is to be the most accessible candidate on the Council, and to use my experience to reduce wasteful spending while maintaining essential services. I am dedicated to fiscal restraint, public safety, and responsible growth," Arbogast said.
However, Arbogast has not voted in a municipal election—when residents choose a city council of eight members over a two-year cycle, and one mayor. Records show Arbogast voted in four general and primary elecions since 2008.
Contacted by phone Friday during business hours, Arbogast was not available to field more questions. A follow-up is scheduled for Monday.
State Ethics Commission campaign finance records showed Arbogast spent or owed $2768 on the race so far. He had this to say in a recent Chesterfield Patch posted comment:
"My campaign contribution are all from individuals I know personally, most of them family and friends. $250.00 is the most any one individual has donated. Like my opponent, I have personally funded my own committee because I believe in Chesterfield and I believe I can make a positive difference," Arbogast wrote.
Arbogast has used his Facebook page to take his opponent to task on a number of issues.