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Glenville State College
GLENVILLE, WV-Conner Ferguson, a Gilmer County native, and Brianna McClain, a Lewis County native, are both students at Glenville State College who are getting involved in local politics at a young age. The pair were elected to the Democratic Executive Committees of their respective counties in the recent statewide election on May 13, 2014.
As filing day approached both students were in the midst of their midterm exams, so it was a huge decision for them to step up and take on another task. Both Ferguson and McClain ran unopposed in their districts, but were still willing to take on the task of a political campaign.
Ferguson, a GSC sophomore marketing major and Gilmer County’s newly elected executive committee member out of the Dekalb-Troy district, said, “I’ve been around politics for many years; I joined the Young Democrats Club at Gilmer County High School and eventually became the President of the organization. I decided that it was time to get off the side lines and run for office myself!”
While in that organization he had the opportunity to meet many state lawmakers and even got to work with Senator Joe Manchin’s campaigns for Governor and United States Senator and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s campaigns. Ferguson also serves as the Publicity Director of GSC’s Student Government Association, is a Brother in the fraternity Sigma Omega Beta, a member of Greek Council, and is a member of Pioneers for a Cause.
McClain, a GSC sophomore computer and information systems major and Lewis County Freemans Creek district executive committee member said, “My past involvements have made me the person that I am today, being involved with the community is my heart and soul! I can’t get away from it, it’s everything to me! Helping others and watching the community grow in different organizations can really show one the right path in life!”
McClain is also very active in her community and on campus. She is involved in the Weston Rotary Club, Lewis County’s Democratic Women’s group, and the Alum Bridge Neighborhood Watch Program. She also works at Foster Feed in Weston and is very active in the Hidden Promise Consortium at GSC.
“I think it is an excellent example of how Glenville State College has leaders in the student body that are being true pioneers, not just on the campus, but also in our communities. These students will become lifelong leaders, and that is the kind of student and individual that Glenville State College wants to help provide to our communities,” said GSC’s Dean of Student Life Duane Chapman.
Both students will formally take office on July 1, 2014.