My name is Matt Bechtel, and I am an artist from Fremont, Nebraska. I first made headlines at 19 when I ran for Fremont’s city council. Although I lost that race, I came back and won a few years later, becoming Nebraska’s youngest elected official at 22. After serving for four years, I decided not to run again and instead focus on other endeavors. Since leaving the city council, I’ve expanded Book Brilliant, a website I founded that is dedicated to book recommendations from brilliant people. I have also focused on serving at my local church, wrote a book, acted in film, and released music.