September 9, 2003  
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Western grad student runs for city council

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

No one can accuse Western of a lack of high achievers in its student body. Joshua Morgan, a masters student in political science, formally entered the race for city councillor in Ward 1 early last week.

Morgan completed his bachelor of arts in political science and economics at Western and also served as the University Students' Council VP-education last year, as well as president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, which gave him experience lobbying both federal and provincial governments on behalf of Ontario students.

Morgan pointed out that as a part of the USC he represented 26,000 students and Ward 1 has a comparable number of residents. "Students are a key component of Ward 1 - they actually make up 25 per cent of the population in this area," he added.

"I've always been drawn to elected politics," he said. "There is a certain amount of trust [placed on elected officials] which makes for a very satisfying career.

"Local government is not being run the way it should be," Morgan said, noting local government differs from federal or provincial governments in that a local official lives in the area they govern. "I don't just [potentially] represent these people, I live beside them," he said.

One of Morgan's main goals, if elected, is to encourage and facilitate communication between constituents and the local government. He said he finds it ridiculous City Council responds to media expressions of people's needs, rather than to the people themselves. "It shouldn't take a four part series in the London Free Press for City Council to respond to constituents' concerns," he added.

Morgan also hopes to change the perception London residents have of students living off campus. "Residents have complained of problems with students [in the past]," he said. "But students live here eight months of the year and it is important to view them as residents while they are here."

Morgan, a six year resident of London, is excited about the November election and looks forward to the possibility of representing citizens of the city he loves.



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