grad student runs for city council
By Laura Katsirdakis
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
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.