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Welcoming Emerging Leaders To Public Office

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010

Kudos to the Albion, Michigan city council, who this week elected 23-year-old Garrett Brown to replace a seat vacated last month.

Brown, a Princeton University graduate, majored in religion, ethics, and politics, a perfect combination for public service.

"I just felt I couldn't continue to make excuses or complain about situations without at least trying to make a difference."

Too often the makeup of legislative bodies does not reflect the diversity in the community. It is important to encourage  "emerging leaders" to participate in elective office, while embracing those whose experience and institutional history can add greatly to the deliberative process.

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