Presidential candidates Isabel Simmons (top left) and Jonathan Osborne (bottom right) debated today at lunch in the media center.
When was the last time you witnessed a debate that didn’t end with anger or rivalry? Whether it be in class for an assignment, a national election on TV, or even just a conversation with your friends about which sports team is better, someone always walks away more annoyed and set in their ways than when the conversation started.
This was absolutely not the case at the Presidential Town Hall on Thursday, April 25 in the CHS library. Both candidates had nothing but praise for each other and the accomplishments of SGA as a whole.
“It’s pretty apparent to most people that [Isabel Simmons] is passionate about what she does…I think her hard work would make her a very qualified SGA president,” said presidential candidate Jonathan Osborne, whose sentiment was reiterated by Simmons moments later.
Osborne’s campaign is centered around improving the representation and transparency of student government. If elected, he promises to increase student input in the decision-making process within SGA.
Simmons’ campaign highlights the importance of making CHS more environmentally friendly. Her goals if she takes office are to build water bottle drinking fountains and increase the number of compost bins around the school.
Both candidates also stressed that SGA and Carrboro as a whole can become more inclusive by reaching out and communicating in multiple different languages.
“I think a super easy but effective way to go about starting [to increase inclusivity] is making sure every social media post we do is in the various languages of the students that are spoken at our school,” said Simmons.
Both candidates have been involved in SGA before, Simmons as the 2018-19 Secretary and Osborne as a 2017-2018 Freshman Senator.
“I think both candidates are extremely qualified…both of them have been very active in student government and have helped out with tons of events,” said incumbent president Ojas Patwardhan.
Voting will take place on Friday, April 26 in English classrooms. For more information about either of these candidates or candidates for another position visit the SGA Instagram (@chsstudentgovt) or the candidates’ individual profiles.