harming. Trustworthy. Ripped. All great char- acteristics for the perfect politician, right? Well,
those aren’t the only words to de- scribe William Igbokwe. T is twen- ty-two year old senior in college is a very goal-oriented and driven person. With aspirations of becoming Mayor of his hometown and attending law school after, William has potential that will be executed for the future. And he’s starting now.
Why did you make the decision to run for Mayor?
I think what makes me the best op- tion for Mayor of Jacksonville is my commitment to honoring the con- cerns of the citizens, my commit- ment to my goals as mayor and the energy and compassion that I have to fulfi ll all of the aforementioned. As Mayor of Jacksonville, I know I could really shake things up in a positive way and cater to the needs of all citi- zens, regardless of however they’ve been categorized by arbitrary labels.
Have you always known what you wanted to do after you fi nished college?
Not immediately. It wasn’t until this summer that I decided that I’d bid for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2013. My logic is if I’m an aspiring politician, why should I wait to start around the median age of what, fi fty? T e youth shouldn’t be disenfranchised from the political process in any aspect nor should it be an automatic disquali- fi er for public offi ce, especially since we’re next in line to inherit whatever the previous generation left for us. I’d like a say in the aff airs of my com- munity as soon as possible.
Do you think post-grad stu- dents have what it takes to get their experience in politics?
I mean, of course. In fact, I think people should be engaging their lo- cal, state and national government earlier than that. I think it’s really easy for people to become disillu- sioned with their government when they haven’t established any type of relationship with government in the fi rst place. T at opens the door up to instances where the fi rst time a citizen and their government have an encounter, it’s for an unpleasant rea- son. Early involvement and engage- ment of your government can help assuage disillusionment.
What do you hope to bring to the table while getting involved with politics?
I’d hope to bring the appeal of the youth participation to politics. A lot of people my age or younger feel disenfranchised from their own gov- ernments (local, state and national). In a country where the youth have so much energy and potential to off er, there is no reason that a disconnect should exist. I’d like to bridge that gap between government and young people because obviously, both sides have much to gain from a strong relationship.
Why do you think that gap has been present?
Because our politicians neglect our youth and don’t take their opinions (and sometimes their concerns seri- ously). So to close this gap, it’s on the heads of politicians to reach out to the voiceless and to our youth.
What are your hobbies?
I like reading current events, holding conversations about current events, debating current events, running, exercising, playing pick up games of whatever, shopping, writing, speak- ing in public…I mentioned I was boring earlier in this interview, right?
Why are you so boring? Give me details.
I’m boring because I live a very rou- tine, party free (for the most part) and drama free life. I’m just under the impression that my lifestyle can be very unappealing to a lot of people in my age group. I’m an introvert, for the most part. And I know some- times we get a bad rap for being dull.
Any love interest?
Haha, yeah, there is one actually and she’s great. You’ll fi nd out more about her if/when we get married.
In your last year in college, what would you like to do involving politics?
I would like to volunteer with a cam- paign organization or a nonprofi t organization. I really want to get my hands dirty in the local political scene and help out in any way that I can. I’m not looking to make a huge impact on anything in particular. For now, I just want to learn.
William Igbokwe, 22 Hometown: Jacksonville Major: Political Communication and History
If your friends would describe you in 5 words, what would they say?
Determined, Disciplined, Confi dent, Hungry, Empathetic
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WILLIAM IGBOKWE 10 Things You Don’t Know About Me
1. I have the alphabet numerically memorized.
2. I have a sweet tooth. 3. I’m an avid pro-wrestling fan. 4. My favorite color is lavender. 5. I’m a recovering metrosexual
(but only sort of.)
6. I compete for the University Speech Team.
7. I love Mangos.
8. I have a shoe fetish that’s quickly 7 evolving into a coat fetish.
9. My favorite meat is goat. 10. I am the People’s Champion.
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