A 19-year-old socialist became an official member of the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education in Monmouth County, N.J., last week.
Pat Noble defeated incumbent Nilsa Samol in the November 2012 election. He is a graduate of The Academy of Allied Health & Science, a vocational high school that emphasizes health occupations and the hard sciences.
Noble divides the bulk of his time working at his job as a clerk in a local pharmacy and promoting the Socialist Party of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which he co-founded, reports NJ.com. He opines enthusiastically about a host of issues ranging from taxation to foreign policy to education.
The teenage radical says his interest in socialism was piqued in high school when he heard people use the word “socialist” as an insult.
“I decided to do some research into what the problem was with it, and I never found it,” Noble told NJ.com. He describes the economic system as “a society built for the majority instead of the elite minority” and says people who don’t like socialism “have false logic.”
“You reach more people, more quickly when you win an election,” Noble added, according to NJ.com. “I’m hoping to bring a different perspective, a left-wing perspective to a board full of capitalists.”
Noble told NJ.com that budget concerns are his top priority as a board of education member. He campaigned on a multitude of issues including sex education in schools and adding LGBT-related lessons to the curriculum.
The young apparatchik also wants to ban military recruitment from school campuses.
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