Administrative Information student vies for board of trustees’ spot

photo by Lisa Vander Wekken

One of SAIT’s own is running in this year’s civic election.

Twenty-year-old SAIT student Josh Traptow is campaigning to represent wards 1 and 2 on the Calgary Board of Education’s board of trustees.

In his second year of Administrative Information Management, Trapatow says he has what it takes to balance the duties of both being a student, and representing the needs of other students.

He doesn’t believe his age – although seen as a novelty – is an issue at all. However, a few short years ago, he wouldn’t have seen himself in this position.

“In grade 10, I didn’t think that I was going to run in an election at the age of 20, and turn 21 a week before the election,” he said.

Despite his age, Traptow says his knowledge about educational issues has been well received in the election campaign thus far.

“The ideas that I present and the things that I do know, I think impresses (people) more than me being young,” he said.

However, Keith Brownsey, Mount Royal University political science professor, says age will be something voters consider. “I think (he) will face a number of voters who will simply say that he is
too young to sit on the school board,” said Brownsey. “Although if he is well organized – lawn signs, phone and door-to-door canvassing and all the rest of a traditional political campaign –
and identifies his vote and gets it out on election day, he might just pull off a victory.”

Traptow has lived in ward 1 his entire life, and he said this fact gives him a keen insight into its issues. His platform includes improvements in the allocation of school resources and a
stronger sense of community for students.

If elected, Traptow wants a union between schools and community centres to fully utilize both group’s funding and spaces, thus allowing the community to come together in a place where
the children already go to school.

Traptow said his passion for politics helped him develop necessary life skills. “Politics is all about compromise and it allows me to work on my skills of reasoning,” he said.

As voting day approaches, Traptow encourages young people to “just get out there and vote and make an informed choice.”

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