Students Run For Borough Council

On May 19th, the State College Borough Council will be holding a primary for the seven-member unit. Two of the candidates on the ballot aren’t old enough to legally rent a car.

Penn State students — Democrat Bill Van Saun and Republican Brett Fisher — were inspired in large part by last year’s historic presidential politics. Now they’ve refocused that interest at the municipal level.

Van Saun is 19 years old and a self-described State College “townie.” Fisher is 21 and halfway through Penn State’s MBA program. I’m not one for ageism, by my guess is neither will be taken seriously by borough voters.

This isn’t the first time a Penn State student has run for public office in State College, and while intentions of these candidates are usually nothing but good, expectations are tempered. However, in the case of Fisher, he’s all but guaranteed a primary nomination because only three Republicans are running. It should be interesting to see how both individuals fare between now and the Nov. 3rd election.

[Source: Centre Daily Times]

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Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.


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