UL Students Learn All Politics Is Truly Local

UL Students Learn All Politics Is Truly Local

This morning, students in AP American Government enjoyed a panel discussion with five members of the extended Galloway community who are also local elected officials. Hosted by Head of Community Engagement Gordon Mathis and moderated by UL Social Studies teacher Sam Biglari, the panel gave students the chance to hear first-hand about the excitement of politics, as well as the joys and challenges that come with a range of elected roles. 

Throughout the hourlong discussion, the panelists discussed important changes they have been able to enact throughout their time in office, the differences between local- and state-level legislation, and the importance of election integrity, a piece that proved to be particularly timely as Georgia will hold an election on November 8. 

In closing, our panelists encouraged students to stay tuned to their local politics, even when they head off to college, and emphasized the importance of showing up, not just to vote at the polls but to support issues that are near and dear to their hearts. 

Many thanks to our wonderful panelists!

  • Alumni parent Lee Morris, a member of the Fulton County Board of Commissioner
  • Current parent Linley Jones, a member of the Brookhaven City Council
  • Alumni parent Shea Roberts, member of the Georgia State Legislature
  • Alumni parent Andy Bauman, a member of the Sandy Springs City Council
  • Amir Farokhi '96, a member of the Atlanta City Council