Dear Student Voice Readers,
My name is David Pettersen and I am a current resident of the great State of Wisconsin. On December 27th of last year, I officially declared my candidacy for a school board seat in my community. December 27, 2013 was my 18th birthday and I feel extremely humbled and honored to be partaking in such a great endeavor.
Being a high school student and candidate for school board is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, and on April 1st, my community will come together and decide who will represent them on the board. I’ll tell you one thing—I would be completely honored if they chose me. I know, like many others, that having youth in active public policy-making is one of the most important aspects of our government.
Therefore, I call upon all students—from anywhere in the United States—to step forward and consider running for public office in their community. Together, we can work past politics and improve the lives of others all across America. One of my goals is to provide the safest, most-secure learning environment for all district students. Another goal is to provide some of the most extensive academic achievement programs. In addition to this, I want to work to develop stronger economic infrastructure through the expansion of education, the ability to listen to all district parents, teachers, taxpayers, and students, and by seeking the cooperation of state legislatures.
None of these tasks are ever easy, but when students stand united, there isn’t a single thing that can’t be accomplished when we work together. Looking back to when I first launched my campaign, I have received emails from hundreds of people all around Wisconsin who have hope in educational development and prioritization. Whether it was the teacher from Cumberland, Wisconsin or the citizen from Seymour, Wisconsin, I read each and every email.
It’s up to us, the youth of this country, to show our communities and states all across America that, while some adults are picking fights amongst each other, we remain committed to solving complex problems. Young people deserve a seat at the table. Therefore, let us put our critical-thinking skills to work and surpass these problems—TOGETHER.