GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- A local high school senior is planning his graduation party and campaign platform at the same time.
Damien Kelly will graduate from Gloucester High School this weekend. He plans to run for a seat on the school board.
18-year-old Damien Kelly is your typical high school senior. He’s heavily involved in and outside of school.
Now, he wants to be a voice for the people.
“People want to see someone who is young and knows what’s going on in the school system,” Kelly says.
He's got quite a bit on his plate this summer. Not only is he getting ready for college, Kelly is in the process of campaigning, hoping to become the youngest school board member in Gloucester County's history.
“I was in government class about two months ago going over the 2016 election, and became really inspired to run for some sort of office,” Kelly says.
Kelly wants to be an advocate for both students and teachers in Gloucester County.
“I know the issues,” Kelly says. “Classroom sizes need to be cut down, the funding we asked for this year’s budget isn’t where we wanted it. If we don't have the proper funding, we cannot support the students.”
Kelly also understands if he wants to run for school board he needs to address certain topics, like Gavin Grimm, the transgender teen who is suing the Gloucester County school board for the right to use the boy's bathroom in school.
A federal appeals court is set to hear the case in September.
“That's a very touchy topic here and in the nation, but all I have to say is I stand with the school board's decision,” Kelly says.
Kelly knows it'll be a long summer-- preparing for Thomas Nelson Community College and campaigning at the same time, but he's up for the challenge.
To find out more about Damien Kelly, visit his Facebook page.