A 19-year-old high school graduate in Atlantic County of New Jersey claimed school board membership against an incumbent member this Tuesday, Nov. 2.
High School graduate Nicholas Seppy defeated current holder Terre Alabarda, 46, with a whopping 58% to 41% margin in the run for a position in the Egg Harbor Township (EHT) school board, the College Fix reported.
According to reports, Seppy won 4,042 votes for the one-year unexpired term seat, far ahead of Alabarda with 2,830 votes. Ms. Alabarda was appointed to her post last year, according to her Facebook page.
Announcing his victory on Instagram, Seppy said he would ensure EHT “have an excellent reputation, in both our standard of education and our efficient process of our budget.”
“My passion for the community of Egg Harbor Township is entirely everlasting, I aspire to set a positive example for our district,” his post reads. “…To all of Egg Harbor Township, I love you and will do my absolute best to represent you for many years to come!!”
The Daily Caller reported the 19-year-old was already a familiar face to the students of EHT as he had been a student representative for the Board of Education in his senior year.
The young man did not rise to this year’s victory without challenges. As the outlet noted, he already tried to earn a school board member seat last year. Running against six other candidates, Seppy received the least votes.
Speaking with College Fix, Seppy said he eyed the school board position as he wanted to “give parents a voice in the district.” In addition, the high school graduate is looking to boost civics education and vocational training opportunities for youngsters in the area. His campaign also said he wanted to work for the best interests of the students.
His opponent, Ms. Alabarda, who said she did not want to be influenced by politics during her campaign, accepted her loss by promising she would keep supporting students behind the scenes.
“I want to thank everyone for their support. I came up short this time,” Alabarda said on Facebook. “I guess I will have to support our children from the other side of the room! … In the meantime, please invite your EHT friends so that we can make a bigger impact next time!”