While many George Washington students will cast their ballots and keep a close eye on the 2012 Presidential election, one GW student-athlete will be voting as well - for himself - and hoping that many others do the same - 13,000 to be exact. GW sailing junior William Broman is on the ballot back in his hometown of Grosse Pointe, Mich., as a School Board hopeful.
A 2010 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School - part of the Grosse Pointe school system - Broman believes he knows first-hand what improvements need to be made in the schools.
Broman has used his time at GW as a tool to build a strong campaign. Involvement in College Republicans and an environment of political expertise has allowed the young candidate to create a strong and well-advised platform.
"You wouldn't think that a school board race would get very political, but there are a lot of people that play the political game with education and it just doesn't work out," said Broman. "It really helps me to have the expertise of a lot of different people at GW that I've met in DC or through College Republicans."
Broman is running against two incumbent members who are hoping to beat out the GW junior for two Board positions. Despite concerns of extended absence from home as a GW student-athlete, Broman is fully committed to successfully carry out Board duties if elected. Broman intends to travel home, as well as utilize video conferencing technology, to fully embrace a role as a Board member. Fittingly, Broman is pushing for incorporation of technology in the classroom and an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
Rather than spend Election Day on campus, Broman opted to return home to vote and greet Grosse Pointe residents as they head to the polls, reminding them that the School Board is also on the ballot. Along with participating in a Presidential election for the first time, the 20-year-old biomedical engineering major says it's the experience of voting for himself that has made this Election Day memorable thus far.
"I got to mark my own name on the ballot this morning," said Broman. "It was pretty surreal."
Broman hopes to capture 13,000 votes - roughly one third of the most recent Board election turnout in 2008 - when polls close Tuesday night.
On Election Day 2012, a President and a Colonial share the same ballot.
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