WEST BOUNTIFUL -- The legend goes that the pope of the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated Lord William de Tracy after he murdered the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Beckett at the behest of King Henry II. He cursed de Tracy and his family, that the "wind and rain would be in their faces whenever they gathered."
For Brady Tracy, a 26-year-old computer technician and descendant of the ancient knight, sometimes it does feel like the wind and rain are blowing him away, but that won't stop him from getting back up and pressing on with any of his goals.
Tracy was a candidate for West Bountiful city council. This year was the second time he was a candidate but didn't advance past the primaries. Although he's out of the election, Tracy said he is far from done with local politics and not only wants to run again, but wants to work to get people of his generation involved.
"I don't see any people my age voting at all. People don't know about it. My age group doesn't know how," he said. "They usually only vote in the bigger, federal elections."
Only 685 residents voted in the city council primary in this town of 5,300.
Tracy said that while his young age may be a factor in why people didn't vote for him, he'll come back next election with a new strategy.
What many people, especially the voters of West Bountiful, may not know about Tracy is that he has another persona. When he takes the stage, he dons the name of his ancestor Lord de Tracy, along with a hockey mask to work the crowd with phat beats as the night's DJ. His specialties are electronic dance music and hip-hop.
Tracy began performing as a DJ when he was 18, when he was hired by a production company that put on concerts.
Soon he began opening for big acts in the electronic music scene and making a name for himself. From 2008 to 2010, business was booming for such Utah companies, with more and more DJ's entering the game and ticket prices going up, Tracy said.
Unfortunately, it was a bubble. Soon there was an over-saturation of DJs, and tickets were so expensive that people stopped going to the concerts. Many companies closed down as a result, including the one Tracy worked for.
Still, he wouldn't let a bad market keep him from doing what he loved. Being in the music business for a few years already, he created his own production company, hosting many of the shows himself and continuing the popular trend.
For the most part, Tracy tries to keep his two careers separate, but he isn't afraid to blur the lines and talk politics at his shows.
"I've talked with people from West Bountiful and let them know about my ideas," he said.
He also wants to bring his experience as an entertainer to office. Drawing from Salt Lake City's Twilight Concert series, Tracy said West Bountiful could pull off something similar in one of its parks and have it become a significant source of revenue to the city.
"Imagine cities getting more involved in the arts," he said. "Cities constantly raise taxes, charge fees, get money from courts -- there's no long-term goal, it just drains money from people."
Instead, Tracy said, the city can hold events where people would be happy to spend their money, along with attracting visitors to local businesses.
When he first decided to run for office, he said, it just clicked one day.
"If I wanted to make change at a local level, I had to go out and do it," he said.
When he ran the first time, he didn't have his daughter, who is now 18 months old.
"Now I'm not only responsible for my own future," he said. "I want her to be raised in a place I can be proud of."