Eric Martin was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1986. He is the son of Dr. Rick and Carolyn Martin. In 2007 he married his high school sweetheart, Melody Niphakis. Eric graduated from Dallastown High School in 2005 and from York College of Pennsylvania in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.
Eric has experienced a range of industries while working. He worked as a centrifuge operator, an MRI technician, a car sales consultant, and a cell phone account executive. Eric has also volunteered at Christian camps and currently facilitates a small group for the Alpha Course with his wife.
He hopes to win the Republican Nomination for the 4th District of Pennsylvania and go on to secure a seat as a Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. He believes in an extremely limited Federal Government as expressed in the U.S. Constitution.
A more detailed biography:
Eric Martin was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1986. He is the son of Dr. Rick and Carolyn Martin. In 2007 he married his high school sweetheart, Melody Niphakis. Eric graduated from Dallastown High School in 2005 and from York College of Pennsylvania in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. Eric is a Republican.
During his four years at Dallastown High School Eric participated in cross country. Eric also swam on the Dallastown swim team his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year. While on the team he excelled at sprinting and anchored two different relays at the Pennsylvania State Championships.
High School was also a time when Eric grew spiritually. He started regularly reading the Bible, praying, and attending a Bible study in ninth grade. This continued throughout high school with his involvement in Young Life. Through Young Life, Eric was able to bring his friends from school to various events where they could learn more about Jesus and the Christian faith. Eric also had the oppurtunity to volunteer for Young Life camps on their Work Crew. He was a dishwasher for approximately ten days in 2003, and in 2004 he washed dishes for about a month. In 2005 he served food at another Young Life camp for about a month.
Eric decided to pursue Melody in his senior year of high school. He started by asking her, before any dates, “Would you marry me?”.
After high school Eric attended Eastern University. His first semester was tough because he wanted to be with Melody, and she was attending Houghton College in upstate New York. It was during this time that Eric asked Melody’s father for her hand in marriage. He said “no”, and proceeded to tell Eric what he required of someone who would marry his daughter. He told Eric that a husband should be able to provide for his wife spiritually, financially, and physically. Eric reasoned that he had all but the middle one covered. After that semester he left college to find a job. His parents thought his decision was rash, so they told him to find somewhere else to live. Eric found a friend who was just moving to a Baltimore suburb, and shared an apartment with him. Through a connection, Eric found a great-paying job as an industrial centrifuge operator. He worked there for about nine months until the job ended.
With the work experience completed, Melody’s father eventually agreed to let Eric marry his daughter, contingent on them both finishing college. Melody and Eric were married on August 18th, 2007. They finished their education together at York College of Pennsylvania. Melody earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 2009. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Business Administration in 2010. During their time at college, they both worked part time at Eric’s father’s practice: Martin Foot and Ankle.
During his three years at Martin Foot and Ankle, Eric ran the MRI machine and ordered supplies. While ordering supplies, he excelled at getting better pricing on materials for the practice.
While running the MRI machine, he had the opportunity to talk with many individuals. One time a grandmother was getting an MRI and her grandson was with her. The grandson had brought the Pokemon card game with him, and Eric offered to play the game with him. The game was too complex for the boy who was about eight years old. Later that day, the concept for the Animal Herders Card Game was born. Animal Herders is a very simple card game that a six year old can play. In Animal Herders, children play with cards that protray various real animals made out of clay. As the game progresses, opponents build and battle their herds. After a few years of work from Eric, Melody, and a graphic designer, the game came to completion and is now for sale.
College was the time when Eric learned a great deal about political ideologies. In 2008 he volunteered at the polls during the primary, handing out fliers for Republican Delegates for the Presidential race. In 2011 and 2012 he volunteered for a Republican presidential candidate, making over 800 phone calls for a presidential preference survey and for a ”get out the vote” campaign during a primary.
After college Eric worked as a car sales consultant and as an account executive for a cell phone service premium retailer. Shortly after announcing his candidacy, Eric took a leave of absence from his job to focus on his campaign full time.
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