Wow, summer is almost over for the students of Randolph-Macon College. It is the saddest part of the year, when students have to enjoy their last week of summer break before shopping for school supplies and moving in.
But with the majority of the population returning to R-MC within the next week, this will put the election process for Brat and Trammell into overdrive. I say this because the next few weeks are crucial for the two of them to gain support amongst the student body.
For the most part, students will be a bit rusty after the summer season with regards to Brat and Trammell's points of view and what their platforms entail. This will be the perfect time for both candidates to push their campaigns with full force and bring the contest to the students.
The only disadvantage that Trammell has with regards to this contest is the fact that he has not gained much recognition for the majority of the summer. He is beginning to show up in the public eye now that the election is a few months away, but he still has to contend with Brat's momentum.
Brat played a smart move this summer and chose to gain a lot of publicity and support from the district as well as from the populace in Ashland. Then again, Trammell may be biding his time and pull out an ace from his sleeve which could bring the fight to Brat. Brat may be too focused on gaining the support of the community which would give Trammell ample opportunity to take the student vote right out from under Brat.
Time will tell.
One thing is certain: The next few weeks will have a tremendous impact on the way students decide to vote for Brat or Trammell.
So what are some things that Brat and Trammell have to focus on with regards to the students?
1) They have to gain support from international students.
2) They need to present education, immigration, and economic platforms to the students.
3) They need to host events or meet-and-greets to gain reverence from the students.
These three goals are fairly important to gain not only political support, but social support as well. Students respond better to political figures if they are introduced to the personal aspects of what the politician is aiming for. Taking time to meet students would also be a great way to gain a reputation for a sociable candidate.
More coverage will follow.
By: Matthew Romeo
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