My friends in student government have their eyes on the prize. Ten to twenty years from now they fully intend to run for office, hold high powered political positions, or run national issue organizations. It’s a long term strategy that has worked for political youth since the birth of the Republic.
But that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to skin a cat. Meet Michael Sessions, an 18 year old still attending High School who is the new Mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan. He won as a write in candidate, securing 670 votes… two more than the 51 year old incumbent.
I talk a lot about “credible candidates” to people interested about why so many positions remain unchanged from election to election. The theory being that a race needs a credible candidate, not just a challenger, if it’s going to be competitive. Turns out this is not always the case… at least not in the Hillsdale Mayoral race. But credibility impacts more than just the race for office. Now that he is in he’ll have to work with the nine person city council, who probably have little-to-no respect for their newly elected leader.