As the campaign for Senior class president heats up, some inflammatory comments have been made. Candidate Nathaniel Custer has questioned the legitimacy and efficacy of the student council, while his opponent and frontrunner, Paige Henderson, has questioned the legitimacy and direction of his campaign. Both candidates are proud and loyal Shorians, whose goals are only to help their class and improve our school at large. The disagreement in this race seems to be over the political status quo at Lake Shore High School, and on May 12th, the class of 2018 is going to have to choose a side.
Early Twitter polls suggest that, active member of the Lake Shore community, longtime installment of its student council, and enthusiastic supporter of the current Junior class, Paige Henderson is the favorite to become next year’s Senior class president. “Class president is so much more than a title to me, I have worked very hard over the last three years, whether it be float building, organizing spirit weeks, getting the off campus lunch agreement passed, along with helping and raising money for charity organizations,” says Henderson. This candidate has experience and a proven track record making the wants of her fellow students happen, she is a typical and conventional candidate for a position of this nature. Many are asking, will that count for, or against her?
Upstart candidate Nate Custer and his supporters are under the impression that Henderson’s cozy past in the student council is her biggest shortcoming. After observing our political system from the inside, Custer has based his bold and accusatory campaign on making more voices heard. The unorthodox candidate has expressed his disgust at the current governing body saying, “As of now, the student congress is no democracy, but an oligarchical cult of personality only achieving the inflation of egos.” Custer has seen a majority of the student body locked out of the decision making process and aspires only to repair perceived flaws in representation, but he has been met with some hostility from the system he is working to change. “I plan to change this oligarchy to a democracy and make all that participate feel welcomed, I plan to give everyone a voice,” says Custer. Those who disagree with him, however, may be trying to shut the door in the face of his ambitions.
While this is a competitive campaign, both candidates have acknowledged each other’s competence and dedication. Custer and Henderson are both of the opinion that they are facing tough opponents, but have made their arguments as to why they are the person for the job. Henderson has suggested that her opponent is inexperienced, and unaware of the responsibilities that a class president has, saying “My competitor has never attended student congress meetings,” and “Nate doesn’t understand what being class president means and what you can and cannot do. Such as changing the bells, you can’t do that.”
Custer has made it clear that he regards himself as in touch, and in good standing with his potential constituents. The candidate has also made the argument that our political system and media have been colluding against his bid for office, saying that the student council is biased towards Paige Henderson and that the daily announcements have unfairly blocked his campaign material. Custer is quoted as saying “Now, something I’ve never made public but is totally unfair in this election, is how my video was not allowed to be played on the announcements because Paige hadn’t yet made one, but doesn’t she have posters up when I don’t? Now that is unfair.” The campaign video situation has since been rectified, but did it hurt Custer in the polls?
Is Custer’s more energized base capable of beating Henderson’s numerous but less passionate one? Does Henderson’s impressive legislative results and experience make the Custer campaign look weak? Does anyone actually care about a class president election? The junior class will answer all of these questions in the voting booth on May 12th.
Nate Custer’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG6yUeSi2aY
Paige Henderson’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEXOP0c9YxM