Education

Take Note

January 24, 2001 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

In the Running

“Uncorrupted by years of experience.”

That’s Pittsburgh high school student Josh Pollock’s campaign slogan—for mayor.

The 18-year-old guitar major at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts joined the city’s mayoral race last month because he longed to hear something different from the political status quo, he says. Mr. Pollock will challenge Mayor Tom Murphy and Bob O’Connor, the City Council president, in the Democratic primary May 15.

While the self-described political activist admits that his age has been an asset in capturing media attention (a planned Fox News Channel appearance was bumped by the withdrawal of Linda Chavez as U.S. secretary of labor-designate), Mr. Pollack said his “serious ideas” would legitimize his campaign.

His platform includes support for local businesses and an expansion of recreation facilities for the city’s youths. The high school senior supports gay rights and says he would address such social-justice issues as racial profiling and police brutality.

But Mr. Pollock’s tender age could derail his candidacy before it starts. While Pittsburgh’s home-rule charter sets no age limit for mayoral candidates, provisions under Pennsylvania’s “second-class city” law require that the mayor be 25.

The Allegheny County elections division will put Mr. Pollock on the ballot unless other mayoral candidates file a complaint in court.

Josh Pollock said he would put off plans to become a record producer if his campaign succeeded.

“I think being mayor would be a pretty good education,” he said.

—Karla Scoon Reid

A version of this article appeared in the January 24, 2001 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
Strategies for Incorporating SEL into Curriculum
Empower students to thrive. Learn how to integrate powerful social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies into the classroom.
Content provided by Be GLAD
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 12, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 29, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 8, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read