South Windsor resident Mitchell Marks tells Patch why he should be elected to the Board of Education.
|Updated Tue, Oct 3, 2023 at 9:19 pm ET
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT — The 2023 municipal election season is heating up in South Windsor, and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office.
South Windsor Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as Election Day draws near.
Name: Mitchell Marks
How old will you be as of Election Day? 19
Does your campaign have a website? If so, include the URL here.
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What city or town do you live in? South Windsor
What office are you seeking? Board of Education
Please give us your party affiliation: Democrat
Education: Pursuing Bachelor of Arts - University of Connecticut, Class of 2026, major in political science
What is your occupation? full-time student
Do you have a family? If so, please tell us about them.
Mother - Julie, 54Father - Larry, 58Brother - Seth, 23
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No
Have you ever held a public office, whether appointive or elective?
Board of Education Member - September 2023 - PresentPark and Recreation Commissioner - February 2023 - PresentHuman Relations Commissioner - December 2022 - Present
Now we'd like to ask a few questions about your reasons for running and your general views on politics and government. First, why are you seeking this office?
I am running for the Board of Education because I firmly believe that I will bring a unique perspective to crafting educational policy as a young person and recent public school graduate who has firsthand experience with the high-quality education system here in South Windsor. As a student with various academic and extracurricular accomplishments, I have a vision for excellence inside and outside of the classroom that I would like to ensure remains available to all students in our public school system.
Please complete this statement: The single most pressing issue facing my constituents is ___, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Our school district is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the State of Connecticut. In response to this record-growing enrollment, I will work to ensure that every single student receives the services and education that they deserve while maintaining the excellent quality of our schools and responsibly managing our budget. Additionally, I am committed to pursuing the goals outlined in the district’s 2023-2026 Strategic Plan to successfully guide our district through this period of increased enrollment.
What are the major differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I graduated about a year ago as a member of the South Windsor High School Class of 2022 and have extremely recent experience being immersed in the everyday environment in our school system. I will use these experiences, as well as those of other students, to inform my policy views and improve upon our school system throughout my term.
What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?
If elected to the Board of Education, I will support diversity and inclusion initiatives that reflect the vast diversity of South Windsor families and students. As a student myself, various aspects of being a student can often be overwhelming and stressful, so I will commit to ensuring that students receive the mental health resources that they require to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom. In addition, as a leader on the FIRST Robotics Team at the high school and as a determined advocate for STEM Education, I will seek to strengthen support for STEM programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Finally, I will constantly seek to improve the student and teacher experience to ensure that the South Windsor Public School system remains one of the best high-quality, public school districts in the State of Connecticut.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
As a graduate of the South Windsor High School Class of 2022, I was an honors student for all four years of my high school career and the winner of awards and scholarships that prepared my pursuit of higher education. For one of my extracurriculars, I was a proponent for young people getting involved in politics and advocating for the issues they believe in while gaining financial experience and knowledge as the Treasurer of FLIP CT (Future Leaders in Politics). Also, I held a vested interest in the curricular and academic success of our school and students as a member of the South Windsor High School Social Studies Department and Curriculum Student Advisory Group and a Teacher's Assistant for a United States Advanced Placement Government Class. These accomplishments were the result of a school system that offered me the ability to flourish and of my close relationship with dedicated teachers who compelled me to thrive in every facet of my educational career.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
I’ve always been told to be true to myself and my beliefs. I've also learned that just because you disagree with someone, doesn't mean you have to be disagreeable.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
As a member of a generation that is surrounded by technology, I am interested in continuing to modernize our schools' technological infrastructure and find modern solutions to various issues in our schools, such as the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence. I believe that these tools should be utilized for learning and I will work to ensure that they can be sufficiently incorporated into our students' education so that they will be used responsibly and effectively. In regards to myself, as a lifelong resident of South Windsor who attended the public schools here for my entire K-12 education, I can confidently say that South Windsor made me the person I am today and I look forward to serving our exceptional community and its citizens in the future.
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