Ensuring that today’s youth have a bright tomorrow is something that I believe in deeply. This ideal is the foundation of my campaign.
So far, I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit with many area high school students and teachers to share my vision. A vision that reflects the enactment of changes and reforms that are, frankly, long overdue. Efficiently, cost-effectively and intelligently, we can, and must, make sure our schools are preparing students to have a successful future.
However, as part of the educational process, it is also critical that we impress upon our students the importance of civic engagement. Participating in the political process is vital not only to changing today, but more importantly, in shaping tomorrow.
And, that is why it is my honor to be able to visit all three Maine Township High Schools as part of “Democracy Week!”
Under the new “Suffrage at 17” Law in Illinois, those U.S. citizens that will be 18 years old as of the November general election can register to vote in the preceding March primary election. Thus, those born on or before November 4, 1996 will be able to vote in the March 18 primary. In an effort to encourage eligible 17 year olds to register to vote, Cook County is promoting a countywide “Democracy Week;” the Clerk’s office will be coordinating with local high schools to hold voter registration drives.
To be able to visit with students at Maine East, Maine West and Maine South and share my experiences as part of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign is an honor. To share with them the inspiration behind my campaign is a privilege. To emphasize to them the power of the ballot is a duty.
Growing up in Park Ridge, I had many great teachers who taught me about the importance of getting involved, of being engaged with the issues of the day and in working together for a better tomorrow.
“To be heard, you must give yourself a voice,” I was often told.
It is now my sincere hope that I can pass along to a younger generation what was once passed down to me. And that, together, we can make a better tomorrow!
Mo Khan is a 2003 graduate of Maine South High School, received an Accounting degree from the University of Iowa in 2007 and is in the process of earning a Law degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has previously served as a Traveling Aide to Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Campaign and as Special Assistant to Alexi Giannoulias during the 2010 U.S. Senate Campaign.