ISU Students Hope Town Council Candidate Bridges Campus-Community Gap | WGLT

ISU Students Hope Town Council Candidate Bridges Campus-Community Gap

Dec 3, 2018

An Illinois State University student is running for Normal Town Council.

Junior marketing major Alex Campbell announced his candidacy to a crowd of students in an ISU classroom Monday night.

Angel Zamudio works on Alex Campbell’s town council campaign and alongside him on ISU’s Student Government Association. He said Campbell’s campaign is about students, run by students, and made for students.

“Time and time again we’re told that we’re the future. That we’re the leaders of tomorrow, and that we’re the change that we so desperately seek,” Zamudio said. “Well, let me tell you the future is now. Tomorrow has come, and we’re definitely making the changes that we are seeking.”

Angel Zamudio works on Campbell’s town council campaign and alongside him on ISU’s Student Government Association.
Credit Cindy Le / WGLT

Emily Patterson also works on Campbell’s campaign. She said in his role on the university’s Student Government Association, Campbell is an advocate for underrepresented students.

“As I have watched Alex work, I’ve found that he’s one of the most dedicated people I know,” Patterson said. “He is passionate and courageous, and is willing to put himself on the line for the causes he believes in, and works himself down to the bone for the betterment of his school, his community, and the people around him.”

Patterson said Campbell’s election to the Normal Town Council would close the divide between university students and the town.

If elected, Campbell would be the first student and youngest-ever member to sit on the council. He said his first matter of business on the council would be to draw attention to real estate companies who take advantage of student leasees.

Campbell is running against seven other candidates in the April election. Each will appear on GLT's Sound Ideas in the coming weeks.

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