Sydney Ernst will turn 18 years old just in time to qualify for June’s special election to fill Elgin Town Council’s fourth seat recently vacated by her father, Norman “Bubba” Ernst. The younger Ernst believes council needs representation for its younger citizens which is why she wants to run.
“Many people, such as myself, have grown up here, go to school here, are now a part of the work force here, and they also have a passion for this small town,” Ernst said. “These people are the future leaders of Elgin, and I strongly believe there should be a representative on town council that takes into account the feelings and ideas of these younger men and women while also respecting the feelings and ideas of our elders and those who have come before us.”
Ernst, who was born and raised in Elgin, hopes that, if elected, she will be able to gain knowledge about local government and learn from the more experienced members.
“I personally do not plan on running in and making any changes to the town of Elgin. I would like to use this term as more of a learning experience for myself to grow and get a better mind-set of how the town is actually run. I do not believe it would be my authority as a younger and politically inexperienced woman to take the initiative to change the way the town has run for many years,” Ernst said.
Ernst does not have any previous experience with local government but she would like the opportunity to learn.
“If I get elected this term, it will be a huge learning experience for me,” she said.
Ernst’s opponent is Candy Silvers. The special election to fill the seat will be held June 18 at Elgin Town Hall.