A Mercer County high school student is campaigning to take a seat on the school board.
Gage Bartholomew is an 18-year-old senior at Lakeview High School in Stoneboro. He is running his own campaign to get the student voice heard.
“I figured I could probably bring them that voice that sees everything, every day, that’s here every day,” Bartholomew said.
A custodian and former student at the school agrees.
“I think somebody right out of school like that will have a fresher opinion on what’s going on inside school,” said Jacob Smith.
Students said they are following Bartholomew on social media, but that’s just a small part of his campaign.
“It’s more going door to door, talking with people face-to-face, I think. You want that personal connection and you don’t really get that through social media, but it’s a good way to spread the word,” Bartholomew said.
He will be attending Clarion University this fall, but he said that is not too far of a drive.
“I decided that was close enough that I could get to and from school every month for the school board meetings.”
He said it’s important for young people to get involved in politics.
“Even local politics like your school. You don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but it’s the most important ones, so definitely get involved,” he said.
Next up for Bartholomew is the May primary. If elected in November, Bartholomew would start in 2020.
Editor’s note: Jake Smith was identified as a student at the school instead of a former student. The story online has been corrected. We regret the error.