ROY -- Joshua Hoggan, former Roy High School bomb plotter and current mayoral candidate, held a news conference Monday afternoon but wasn't in any hurry to answer questions about his past.
Hoggan entered the Roy city offices shortly after 4 p.m. and read a brief statement about the city of Roy and some of the changes he thinks it needs. He then abruptly got up and walked out with a small group of friends around him.
"I'm not going to answer any questions at this time," he said as local news media members called out questions.
In an email last week to the Standard-Examiner announcing the news conference, Hoggan said he would field questions at the event.
As he quickly departed from the offices to outside, being followed closely by media, he finally answered a few questions about his past, although reluctantly.
"I feel I have been rehabilitated ... and that rehabilitation instilled in me the ability to lead," Hoggan said when asked whether he views himself as a danger to others.
Hoggan pleaded guilty in 2012 to possession of a weapon of mass destruction in a scheme to set off a bomb at Roy High School.
He also said that, because of his past, he can lead the community in ways that no other leader can.
"My age can be a benefit," he said.
He noted that his experience serving time in juvenile jail could help him improve the system.
Hoggan talked a little about his past and what got him off on the wrong foot, saying he didn't know how to deal with his personal issues, but during the rehabilitation process, he was taught how to deal with those issues.
"Everyone has problems," he said.
"There were four search warrants, and no bomb-making evidence was found," Hoggan said of his conviction.
From his written statement, he read that the city of Roy needs to progress into the future.
"We need to instill a sense of belonging, so we are all proud to say we live in Roy," Hoggan read.
As Hoggan briefly answered questions, his friends told him it was time to go, and one friend drove up beside Hoggan. He got into the car and left.
Shortly after the news conference, Hoggan said in an email regarding his abrupt departure: "Due to the intrusive nature and claustrophobic setting of the conference, I made the decision to not field questions at that time."
He said he would answer questions later.
City Manager Chris Davis was at the news conference. Hoggan contacted Davis last week about holding the news conference in the municipal offices.
"He is a valid candidate," Davis said.
Of Hoggan's chances of being elected, Davis said, "It depends on how hard he campaigns and what people think."
Mayor Joe Ritchie and Councilman Willard Cragun are the other candidates.