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Teen to run for Raleigh mayor

Posted June 13, 2011

— A high school senior announced his intention Monday to run for mayor of Raleigh but his eagerness may be for naught. The state of North Carolina requires that holders of public elected office be at least 21 years old.

Seth Keel was among a group of six protesters arrested last August during a meeting of the Wake County Board of Education.

Keel, who identified himself as a junior at Middle Creek High School, chided the board for its move to change a long-standing policy which used socio-economic status as a factor in assigning students to schools across the county. He spoke for about a minute during the Aug. 10, 2010, meeting, then linked arms with five others and stood in silent protest until Raleigh police moved in to arrest them.

In a letter to the public sent to local media Monday, Keel wrote, "I have been blessed to be a part of the Wake County Public School System, which has provided me with a well-rounded education and prepared me for the world after high school. I have benefited from the rich diversity in our schools and in our city."

Keel's actions last year carry over into his mayoral campaign.  

"The City of Raleigh has a responsibility to stand up for equitable and just education for ALL students," he wrote. "The mayor and City Council should be standing up to the school board and the state legislature, fighting for the rights of all students to be provided a quality education." 


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  • shortcake53 Jun 14, 2011

    genralpain, your ok with some wet behind the ears kids making decisions for you, go right ahead. I guess your standards are a lot lower than mine.....

  • hpr641 Jun 14, 2011

    Poor Seth, doesn't even realize how ignorant he is and that's he's being used ... again. He thinks he's gotten a "well-rounded education that's preparing him for the world after high school." Yet, he apparently thinks the mayor and city council have some sort of control over the COUNTY school board (perhaps those in Cary can help him understand).

  • genralwayne Jun 14, 2011

    Folks with closed minds like Shortcake should be seen and not heard. All in favor?

  • shortcake53 Jun 14, 2011

    What happened to "children should be seen and not heard"? Let the kid get his education, get a job, pay taxes, pay his own way in the world, THEN see if he wants into politics. Sure dont want some "know it all" kid making decisions for my city.
    I applaud his enthusiasum, but hes got more growing to do. Oh, and try to stay out of jail too.....

  • tarheelfan41 Jun 14, 2011

    This kid is typical of the indoctranation going on in the WCPSS. They were successful in brainwashing him to be a liberal, but a failure in teaching him civics.Smart enough to protest, too ignorant to be based on factual evidence. (Show me a study where mixing income levels have been successful in raising test scores of the individual student scores due to being forced bused) He thinks he is old enough to run for mayor yet doesn't even know the basic requirements to be a candidate.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jun 14, 2011

    Teen to run for Raleigh mayor...State of North Carolina requires that holders of public elected office be at least 21 years old... Final Thought: He's just making a public statement to hopefully gain followers by the time he's 21... Perhaps if he acquires a quality education (college), and real political experience someone may take him serious..

  • chilipeppernc Jun 14, 2011

    This kid isn't real bright. Maybe he should have paid a bit more attention in Civics class. No, he doesn't live in Raleigh. Yes, he is 16. Both are reasons why he can't run for mayor of Raleigh. Add to that his ignorance of the school board and he isn't fit to lead his dog for a walk. Where are the parents here?

  • oakcity Jun 14, 2011

    at least he's taken some action, he's actually willing to put himself into the fight instead of just commenting on wral.

    he's already done more than the majority of you have.

  • oscarb Jun 14, 2011

    So he thinks having a diverse economic class room creates a better learning environment. Prove it!!!

  • genralwayne Jun 14, 2011

    "The kid isn't old enough, doesn't live in the city and has an arrest record."

    Geesh! He's old and caring enough to publicly stand up for something he believes in - which is more than most GOLO posters can say. His arrest was for a misdemeanor charge connected with a peaceful protest at a public meeting - not a hindrance to election in this state.

    "First... If you are arrested for protesting, you would never get my vote."

    Guess you wouldn't have voted for Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison...Protests are what MADE this country. Opinionated pinhead know-it-alls just jack my jaw!

    While his announcement may be largely promotional, at least he's putting his energy where his beliefs are.

    While I personally disagree with the kid's stand, I salute his dedication to his beliefs and his willingness to do more than post some belligerent anonymous comments on some meaningless forum. You go, Seth!