Cyrus Vaghar, a recent graduate of Newton North, sent Village 14 a press release announcing that he is running for the Ward 2 School Committee seat. Margaret Albright currently holds that seat.

Vaghar’s press release follows:

Cyrus Vaghar, a 2015 graduate of Newton North High School, today announced that he will be running for School Committee from Ward 2 in Newton, Massachusetts.

An 18-year-old resident of Newton, Vaghar has lived in Newtonville for his entire life and his gone through the Newton Public School system (Cabot Elementary School, Bigelow Middle School, and Newton North High School). Vaghar played travel soccer on a BAYS team for ten years. He will be entering Regis College in Weston, MA, in the fall.

Vaghar would bring a student’s perspective to the School Committee. He has direct personal experience with a number of important topics currently being discussed. For example, during his time at Cabot, Vaghar was impacted by redistricting: his friends were split up between Day and Bigelow. Vaghar understands the social toll redistricting has on students who are forced to be separated from their friends.

In high school, Vaghar experienced the problems of early start times firsthand. “During my freshman year I played on our freshman soccer team. I never tried out past my first year, mainly because of our school’s early start time. If I were to get home from a game at 8:00 p.m., it would be extremely challenging to be up and ready for school by 7:50 a.m. the following morning, especially with the amount of homework I would still have to get done.”

Vaghar is aware of the challenges that he will face while running in such a competitive race. “I’m 18 years old and I’m aware that some voters view age as an important factor when choosing a candidate to vote for. That being said, my youth is actually one of my greatest assets. I have been in the Newton Public Schools system for the past 13 years. I am confident that I have more current experience in our public schools than the other committee members. I want to assure every voter that I am well equipped with the insights and creativity that will make me a valuable voting member of the School Committee. I know that I will bring a fresh set of ideas to the table.”

If necessary, the Ward 2 School Committee preliminary election will be held September 17, 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015. Any registered voter in Newton can vote for Vaghar.

To stay connected with Cyrus Vaghar, follow him on Twitter at @CyrusVaghar2015 or send him an email at [email protected]. Website will be launched in the coming days.

The Elections Department confirmed that Vaghar pulled papers and has returned signatures (which have not yet been certified).