Red Bank Regional junior Elijah Nishiura of Red Bank is pictured with Senator Corey Booker at a political event. Elijah is clocking his third election campaign as a student intern, and is working on local and state level campaigns simultaneously this election season.
Press release from Red Bank Regional High School
On November 3 — in this local election year that lacks the fanfare of a presidential or even a gubernatorial race — many Americans will decline to vote. That drives 16-year old Red Bank Regional High School junior Elijah Nishiura wild.
“Issues like college affordability, women’s health services, how we get a job, how we survive, (are) all determined by politics,” says Elijah. “And if you are not informed and vote, you can’t complain about it.”
Elijah is counting the days until he can vote, which will not occur until the 2018 Gubernatorial election (unfortunately, he misses the 2016 Presidential election next year). But until that time, he will contribute in other ways. In fact, he has been preparing for the upcoming November election for months; interning in two separate election campaigns. Two to three times a week after school, he mans the phones in the Asbury Park campaign office defending an incumbent election. On the weekends, he helps set campaign strategy for an insurgent assembly election, walking the neighborhoods with his Monmouth County candidates.