Rochester Student To Win School Board Seat

ROCHESTER (KDKA) – Rochester Township touts itself as a “home for all generations.”

That proved to be true in the primary election for the school board.

Aaron Brant, 18, reviewed the results with school board incumbent Betty Hein and George Bauer, re-elected to a second term as part of a slate of five who swept to victory.

Brant is also president of his senior class.

“I feel that I know the student body and I feel that I know the teachers better than anyone else that is in the current campaign,” he said.

Takes one to know one, but how did older voters respond?

“A lot actually said, ‘You know what, we need some young blood in Rochester’ or ‘We just need young blood in politics in general,’” Brant said. “A lot more support than negativity.”

“He does take advice quite well and I kind of think that he’s going to be very good,” Hein said. “He has some really good ideas.”

“An 18-year-old boy can be sent to Afghanistan to fight for you and to die for you, so he could certainly serve on the school board,” Bauer said.

When Aaron first announced his candidacy, he says his classmates told him he didn’t have a chance. Now that he has an almost certain victory in November, KDKA’s Dave Crawley wondered about his future employees – his teachers.

“A few of my teachers did say they’re going to find it weird that they’re going to be grading their future boss’ tests,” he said.

It’s unlikely that he’ll ever have to serve detention.

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  • Matt Wolf

    Easily President material. Anyone is.

    Congrats to him!

  • Abby

    Not a President school board or City Counsel.

  • likec'mon

    can we say ‘conflict of interest’?

    • Dave

      It’s not a conflict of interest. He’ll have graduated prior to taking this position (if he wins). There are only a few weeks left in school and this wasn’t a general election, only a primary.

  • Mom

    “An 18-year-old boy can be sent to Afghanistan to fight for you and to die for you, so he could certainly serve on the school board,” Bauer said.

    That quote says a lot. For those who doubt an 18 year old can efficiently and successfully serve on a school board should see some of the 18 year olds I served with in Iraq. When given the opportunity and support to succeed, “kids” will surprise you!

    Aaron, a young one like you is rare. There’s nothing you can’t so. Stay true to yourself and your beliefs.


      That’s right well said , I can’t stand negative people that try to manipulate our young
      I’ll bet anything this young man will succeed, he just needs good focus and a chance and he’ll do better than the negative bunch .

  • Maria Ann

    City counsel maybe, but if he loses the Beetles look even further.

  • Boy Wonder

    He should wait a few more years,his pubies just grew in

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