College of Engineering
Why did you decide to vote early?
It’s always easier to vote early because people don’t always realize early voting happens. On Election Day, people come in like, ‘Oh, I gotta vote,’ so there’s really long lines. I just wanted to get it done with, I knew there were not really any lines.
Why do you think that voting in local elections is important?
Local elections are often ignored. Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, vote in 2020 for the presidential elections,’ but change really starts on a local level. A lot of policies are brought up locally. Obviously, Congress can do a lot to enact change, but they don’t have some of the power that your local municipality or state does. That’s why it’s important to vote in every election there is.
What is the most important issue facing West Lafayette in your mind?
The most important issue for me is climate change, and that’s just because no other issue will matter if we don’t handle climate change because we won’t be around to experience those issues. On the level of West Lafayette, I’d like to see ways to get less cars, less driving on the road. I’m a big proponent of public transportation because it’s great for the environment and great for the economy. Also, we need higher standards for fuel efficiency and better ways of generating power, like wind farms or solar panels.