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Young voters failed to elect Greene

Written by Tempus Fugit Dec 04, 2006

Many of you will recall the experiences I have had with Richard Greene, the Reynolds Representative on the Buncombe County Board of Education, back in June and August when I was working to add a student adviser onto the school board. In June, he said he would do research over the summer about the idea, and he even told me, “I do not understand why the other board members are so resistant to the idea.”

In August, he was the first board member to speak after the public comment session. He denounced the proposal from left to right. What a surprising turn of events!

It was a relief for me that former chair Jim Edmonds and Roger Aiken were not running for re-election. And many people I know did not want Greene to be re-elected.

He was re-elected with a clear lead during the regular election on November 7. Source.

Richard Greene – 22,592 (64%)
Sam Banks – 12,337 (35%)
Write In – 124

However, the other day, I was looking at the results from the Kids Voting program. Source.

Sam Banks – 1182
Richard Greene – 1107
Write In – 168

While the results from the Kids Voting program do not actually affect the actual election, it shows that the teenagers and youth (the students who are affected every day by the school board’s decisions) do not want Richard Greene as their school board representative.

Some of my friends jokingly say that most of the write in votes were for me. While that is obviously not true, I think that my widely-supported project to add a student adviser onto the school board has given me a lot of recognition in the area and perhaps has influenced some of my fellow students.

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