Jon Johnson (Undergraduate Senate candidate)

Candidate statement

“Together WE Thrive & Together WE Rise”

Dear Beloved Community,

I’m excited to announce our bid for the ASSU Undergraduate Senate. Yes, not MY campaign, but OUR campaign. This campaign strives to strengthen our communities through inclusion of ideas. especially those voices who are silenced, practically unheard, as they are lost in the Winds, that were supposed to stand strong for everyone’s Freedom.

This is OUR year. As a member of the Senate, I will work vigorously on your behalf to make the change that we want to see in our community.

I am here to represent you. I need to hear what you have to say. I may be relatively new to the Stanford Community, but I come from a experience and a lineage of previous Stanford Senators and Executives, that steered our community in the right direction.

I pose as a force to keep us traveling in the right direction. I say this from years of experience, where I previously advocated for thousands to millions of people at the local and state level in one of the most conservative states in the country, but that didn’t cause me to lose my sense of direction, nor forget who I was there to fight for. In these positions, it takes somebody who can interpret experiences and share those with people who come from differing backgrounds. In an analogous case, it dawned on me that I was describing the taste of Sprite to someone who had never tasted a can of Sprite in their life. Communicating experience is never a sensational feat, but I did not back down from the opposition, even if it meant standing alone to speak on the behalf of the minority.

When our very existence is threatened, when we’re threatened with mysterious powders, notes of hatred, or even nefarious looks in the classroom, it is not time for us to crawl into our corners, or grow wings so that we can fly away from the situation, but it is time for us to stand to injustice and RISE UP! We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and it is time that we rise to reset the bar higher in the face of those who wish us nothing but defeat.

Record of Service & Leadership

“Together WE Thrive & Together WE Rise”

Truly Yours,

Jon M. Johnson

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