He hasn’t graduated from high school just yet, but one Williston resident is ready to graduate to local politics.
High school senior Griffin Nelson is spending this afternoon teaching seventh grade students how to save lives by performing CPR. But he’s hoping to change lives, by running for Williston City Commissioner.
“The main thing I always bring up is everybody started somewhere,” says Nelson.
Nelson says he’s aware he’s younger than the other candidates. But he points to the fact that the average Williston resident is young, at just 31.
“I’m more of someone who has to listen and sit back and figure out what people want. Rather than just shout what I want to do. Because for me, that wouldn’t be respected, and that’s not what I want to do. I want to be able to listen to people,” says Nelson.
Nelson already has the support of some of his classmates.
“I think it’s amazing that Griffin’s our age and that brings a whole different view of politics into our town,” says Williston High School senior Madison Farmer.
“I’m very proud of him. He’s been very successful in what he does. And he’s a very good listener. He’s willing to listen to everyone’s thoughts,” says fellow classmate Vanessa Wagner.
And listening to community residents, Nelson says, it’s what’s most important.
“At the end of the day, if I don’t get elected, I find it important that we hold everyone accountable and that Williston gets what it wants,” says Nelson.
And Nelson says what he wants is to make a difference.
Other candidates for the Williston City Commission race include-
Chris Brostuen, Tate Cymbaluk , Darren Schmidt, and Bill Holler
Candidates have until April 9th to submit their petitions.