Students Encouraged to Get Involved in the Political Process
Students Encouraged to Get Involved in the Political Process

by Dave Cranshaw
UNH Today Editor

Chris Haynes, assistant professor of political science, doesn’t sugarcoat to students the importance of voting and engaging in the political process.

“Their absence would leave their generation stuck with the consequences of long-term political and economic decisions made largely by an older generation more concerned about their own security,” he said.

Chris Haynes

Haynes, who came to UNH at the beginning of the fall semester, completed a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Riverside in August. His research interests include elections and voting behavior, political psychology and emotions and politics.

“If students want a county to inherit that will be anything close to what we know today, they must get involved politically,” he said.

One student responding to the call is Zani Imetovski ’14, who is running for a position on the Board of Selectmen in his hometown of Seymour. A political science major, he is the president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association.  

“At first, I had no intention of running,” he said. “But I started to feel that my town needed a new perspective that I thought I would bring. I wanted to make a difference, and I felt the best place for me was on the Board of Selectmen. I believe that the fresh ideas I would bring to the table can really help.”

Haynes believes it is important that students don’t let the current political landscape dampen their passion to get involved.

“Do not allow the negativity and apathy of today’s politics deter your entrance into the political system,” he said. “Change will only occur if young people of like minds band together and take the current dysfunctional system by storm.”

Imetovski said that while campaigning has been exhausting, he has enjoyed listening to the stories and the concerns of those in the community. “The experiences I have had while campaigning I would not trade for the world and will always be a part of who I am,” he said.

Students interested in politics are invited to join the Political Science Organization. Meetings take place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Maxcy 309. Prior to the meetings, students are invited to a coffee hour at 5 p.m. that features a roundtable discussion with students; Haynes, who serves as the club’s advisor; and Christopher Shays, a former U.S. Congressman who is serving as a distinguished fellow in public service.

The club is planning a trip to Washington, D.C., that will take place during the spring semester.

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