South Garland student excited to become first-time voter

South Garland High School student Alexander Brown is bound to experience a myriad of special moments during his last year in Garland ISD. And the senior is currently prepping for one of them—casting his debut election ballot.

“I am very excited. I like new experiences,” he said. “I think this is one of the stepping stones of growing up, going into college and being on your own. You have to vote for yourself. You are not going to have your parents or your friends. At the end of the day, you are the one next to the ballot. It is your choice that matters.”

Once Brown turned 18, he knew he had to register to vote.

“My parents had me when they were older, so they have given me a broad knowledge of many things, including politics,” he explained. “They just encouraged me to take the information they gave me, along with my own research, and run with it. That is why I registered at the post office and plan on voting early.”

The high schooler will join more than 1.5 million Texans who have already hit the polls prior to the early voting deadline—7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Brown and district residents will not only see the governor’s race on the ballot, but statewide propositions and GISD’s 2014 bond proposal as well.

Proposed by the Citizens Bond Committee, the $455.5 million bond package currently includes projects that address aging facilities, student safety and 21st-century education. Under the bond’s currently proposed use, all 85 district facilities would receive building or technology upgrades.

“I always hear people say, ‘What does one vote matter?’ But I think one vote matters. It makes me believe that my opinion is heard in some way,” Brown commented. “I think it is important to vote and do research on everything that will be on the ballot. You are not only voting for yourself, but for your community and the city you live in.”

Brown, who is a member of the district’s Mariachi Estrellas, will attend the University of North Texas in the fall. He plans on majoring in music education.