By: Konrad Holden
On Wednesday afternoon, Nicholas Seppy, a 19-year-old, was announced as the winner of his local school board election. Seppy ran for office because the school shutdowns during his senior year were “awful.” Seppy defeated incumbent Ms. Terre Alabarda by nearly 17 points in New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township School District election. Seppy’s victory is one of a number of surprising outcomes in New Jersey last week.
The 2021 elections across the country brought lots of surprises. Especially in New Jersey.
Republicans almost won the governorship, a huge surprise in the normally deep blue state. And a commercial truck driver who spent $153 on his primary campaign ousted a 20 year Democrat veteran of the State Senate.
Now, a 19-year-old is on the school board in New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township School District. Nicholas Seppy defeated the incumbent school board member by a huge 17% margin after citing the COVID-19 school shutdowns as “awful.”
Seppy says he was motivated to run because he wants to “serve [his] community” and “give parents a voice in the district.”
Seppy also wants to change some of the curriculum direction with new initiatives to “expand civics education and increase vocational training opportunities for the township’s students,” The College Fix reported.
The 19-year-old has some experience on the school board as its student representative during the 2019-2020 school year.
The surprise election result comes as parental backlash against out-of-control school boards ramps up across the country.
“Thank you Egg Harbor Township!! I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our fantastic district!!” - Nicholas Seppy on Instagram