BU Student Votes to Make a Change In Political Organization

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2005


BLOOMSBURG— A Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student plans to make his mark in politics, starting with making a difference in organizations on campus.

John Latini of Yardley, a junior majoring in political science, became involved in organizations at BU shortly after starting classes. Latini’s campus involvement revolves around politics, with his two major interests residing in Democracy Matters, a student organization devoted to fair elections and finance reform, and the American Democracy Project, a group that works closely with Democracy Matters to encourage students to vote and become involved in their communities. Latini, one of the two students who are members of the American Democracy Project’s executive board, also a member of the Model United Nations, which he joined to learn more about international issues, and other campus organizations.

Latini joined Democracy Matters during the second semester of his freshman year after hearing the former president and campus coordinator speak. “Jake Miller was giving a speech to people who lived in my hall and his words made me interested in checking out what Democracy Matters was all about,” Latini said.

After Miller’s term of president and coordinator ended, Latini ran for office because he believed he could make a difference in changing the system. “Bloomsburg University has something very special going here in terms of raising political awareness and advocating change. Bloomsburg is one of the top Democracy Matters chapters in the United States and the best in Pennsylvania,” Latini said.

“I work with Democracy Matters because I want a voice and I want politicians to take me and every student seriously,” said Latini.

Latini believes Democracy Matters can bring about much change in the political system, and he strongly advocates the system known as “Clean Elections,” which he thinks would created a fairer political process.

“By running Clean Elections, the public funds the candidates through small contributions, $5 a person, and the rest of the money is tax money. Candidates would be required to gather a certain number of signatures to receive the ‘clean money’,” Latini said.

Latini believes that the system would allow people to be more involved in selecting the candidates for offices. He also believes that it would level the field for people that want to run for office and don’t have a lot of money.

After graduating from BU, Latini wants to pursue a career in politics. Before he starts his career, however, he plans to further his education by attending graduate school or law school.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.