It was a busy day for me Thursday, starting with the school board meeting and ending with Jonathan Sessions‘ Campaign Kick-Off. Sessions will be running against Philip G. Peters Jr. for the 1-year term membership and his journey to election began Thursday night.
PS Gallery on Broadway was packed with local art and local supporters within a half-hour of the 6:30 p.m. start time. It was clear upon entering the room that Sessions is no ordinary candidate. Through a crowd of 20-something supporters, you’ll find Sessions, an MU and Hickman High School graduate, who is looking to represent his hometown at 27 years old. However, Sessions and his supporters are seeing his age as an advantage.
Dolores Hemphill, a friend of Sessions, spoke at the event.
“I believe his age places him in a unique position,” she said.
Much to Sessions’ surprise, he had those exact words written in his speech as well. Unlike other candidates, Sessions believes his time spent in Columbia Public Schools as a student gives him a “fresh and informed perspective.”
I was able to talk to some of his friends and co-workers who were in attendance. A former classmate and now co-worker, Stephen Griffard, thought it made sense that Sessions was running. “He stretches himself to the max,” Griffard said.
Jack Clark works on the Comprehensive Plan Task Force alongside Sessions. Clark has a grandchild that will be entering the Columbia School District soon.
“It’s wonderful to have a young person involved in making Columbia a better place, especially for kids,” Clark said.
I even met Sessions’ grandmother. She grabbed my hand and looked at me with pride only a grandmother could have. She said that she was extremely proud and happy to be at the event supporting her grandson.
Sessions was all smiles throughout the night, announcing 47 more days until the election. “The average voter isn’t from my generation,” he said as he pointed to voter registration forms. “I need your help to win.”
Look for more candidate coverage on ColumbiaMissourian.com as well as at Jonathan Sessions’ profile that will run next month.