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プリマス大学卒業生が州議員に当選

2013年1月11日

プリマス大学卒業生が州議員に当選

プリマス大学卒業生Nicholas Schwadererさん(24)が、先週月曜日、アメリカ、モンタナ州の下院議員に就任しました。Schwadererさんはプリマスでの学生時代から、大西洋をまたいだイギリス・アメリカのメディアインタビューや、学生寮についての意識向上キャンペーンを組織していました。

彼はアメリカでの選挙活動と同時に、イギリスでの司法試験に向けた勉強をうまくやりくりして、まさに、「大西洋を又にかける」活躍ぶりといえるでしょう。

Nick will now spend the next four months working in session as the Republican representative for District 14, which covers all or part of three counties in Montana, as well as part of a Native American reservation.

He said: “It has been quite a journey to reach this point, and one that has required more than a few late nights. But I had tremendous support from my family and my friends and mentors at the University, and I’m incredibly excited about this chance to represent the people of Montana.”

Nick was inspired to run after he served as an aide in the summer of 2011 to an out-going congressman. Once he filed for office in January 2012, his final year on Plymouth’s BA in Law and Business Studies suddenly became even more intense.

Nick said: “I consulted both my tutor and Judge William Taylor, the Chair of the Board of Governors at the University, and they both said that I would be ‘mad’ not to go for it.

As soon as you file, you are suddenly under public scrutiny and the reporters want to speak to you to find out who you are. With the time difference, it meant a lot of late and through-the-night interviews, while at the same time I was juggling the demands of my degree.”

With his mum fielding as many enquiries on the ground as she could, Nick negotiated his way through the Primaries in June, as well as a small degree of political mud-slinging, and at the same time successfully achieved his 2:1. He then returned to the US to run the rest of his campaign – with several university friends travelling out to help in the final stages.

Not surprisingly, Nick is one of the youngest members of the Congress, and he has pledged to use his experience of the British education system in focussing upon some of the issues in the state, particularly student indebtedness. He is also working on a cross-party bill to regulate the use of military-grade ‘drone’ technology in government and law enforcement areas, due to fears that they could violate constitutional and privacy rights.

The symbolism of Nick’s journey from Plymouth to America is not lost on him – and he’s keen to develop links between Montana and the city ahead of the 2020 Mayflower celebrations.

He said: “I cannot say enough about Plymouth, Britain, and education in general. I had a wonderful experience, one in which I was truly immersed in the culture and a genuine part of the University. I was a die-hard Plymouth Argyle fan by the end, and my friends all took to calling me ‘Janner Montana’.

Every single American knows two cities in the UK – London and Plymouth – so I’m looking forward to 2020 and the opportunities it will bring on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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