March 29, 2005

Slate for Moline School Board includes 19 year old

There are 8 candidates for the Moline School board, and one of them is barely out of the school system himself. 19 year old Bryn Lawrence is a first year student at Augustana majoring in, appropriately enough, poly-sci. He's also an intern at the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.

Data on the other candidates as well as their thoughts on what they consider the most important issues facing the board can be found here.

(Dispatch/Argus article, registration required)


At 3/29/2005 8:20 AM, Blogger Fly-on-the-wall said...

I'm not a believer in letting the inmates run the asylum, but I think this kid might be a good choice.

For one thing, he seems to be an intelligent capable kind of person. In other words, he's probably capable of doing the job required.

But more important is the viewpoint he brings. How old are some of the people on the board now? Anyone under 40? Under 30? Being a student isn't what it was 15 or 20 or 30 (or more, for some candidates) years ago. Having one board seat filled by someone who's recently "been there & done that" is probably a real good idea. (and no, working inside the schools as a teacher or aide or whatever isn't nearly the same thing as being a student)

At 3/29/2005 9:04 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Go young man, go!

We need all the new blood we can get in the Illinois Quad Cities.

Fresh faces, fresh ideas, a brand new view!

At 3/30/2005 12:14 AM, Blogger IFiguredItOut said...

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At 3/30/2005 12:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I agree with both of you. Inexperience is not always a liability, and age is not always an asset.
In one respect, a 19 year old with a good head on his shoulders certainly knows the situation on the ground better than someone who only studies budgets and reports. This would give him an edge on practical matters.

Perhaps Lawrence was inspired by the film maker Michael Moore, who at the age of 18 ran for and won a spot as his local school board's youngest member ever.

(a little more Moore trivia: He was also an Eagle Scout, and is a lifetime NRA member)

At 3/30/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger Fly-on-the-wall said...

Being on the Iowa side of the river as I am, it's hard for me to get any sort of reading on Mr Lawrence's chances.

As a first-time non-incumbent candidate with 3 of 8 to be elected, you'd have to start with an assumption that it's too high a hill to climb. But are there signs that he could beat the odds here?

At 3/30/2005 12:02 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Funny you should put it that way Fly. Because so far, the only "signs" that Lawrence may indeed have a shot is that he's one of only two candidates that I've noticed with yard signs up around town.
The Dispatch article also listed a website for his campaign, but when I tried to go there, it came back as not found. So either it was a typo or some other problem. It also gives a web address on his yard signs, so I'll try to take a closer look at them next time and see if I can provide a working link.

At 3/30/2005 12:30 PM, Blogger Fly-on-the-wall said...

Seems to be working ok.

At 3/30/2005 12:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for that Fly. I'm not sure why I couldn't get through yesterday. I was copying and pasting the address directly from the article and got nothing.

At 3/30/2005 12:55 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for that Fly.

I'm still not able to get anything but a page not found error. I'm not sure why I can't get through. I've copyed and pasted the address directly from the article and from above and get nothing.

At 3/30/2005 3:44 PM, Blogger anonymight said...

run dope, i mean bryn - run!


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