PSU student takes office
Adriana Perez Collegio Reporter/Madison Dennis Editor-in-Chief
Matt Ross, senior in technology education, deals with the everyday responsibilities of a student, and also shoulders the responsibilities of township official.
Ross was elected to office in Cherokee County in November 2010.
“I filed in late July and then I won the primary in August,” Ross said. “In the general election in November, I ran unopposed, so it was kind of easy.”
Ross Township is a small, incorporated area with a population of 893, according to the 2000 census. It covers an area of 54.4 square miles and contains two incorporated settlements: Roseland and West Mineral.
Ross says that although the township official position doesn’t require a lot of his time, the experience gained in politics will be valuable to him later on.
“It’s really a name builder for me,” Ross said. “It was a chance to practice campaigning.” Ross ran as a Democrat, and took office in January.
“I was really just trying to see how many voters I could get to come out,” Ross said. “I wanted to make a difference, even if it is small.”
Ross said that his responsibilities are reflective of the rural community.
“A township official deals mostly with rural fire departments and cemeteries,” Ross said. “We also work closely with the county.”
Ross meets with other officials several times a year to discuss matters within the township.
“There’s not much going on right now,” Ross said. “We meet as necessary.”
Ross hopes to take advantage of this position to continue his career in politics. He has been involved in campaigns and assisting politicians with their platforms.
In addition to Ross’ political activities, he also recently started a non-profit organization called W.A.R (We Are Responsible). The organization aims to improve community life in areas such as Cherokee County.
Ross is considering running for county commissioner in 2012. The commissioner position would require more time and effort than the township official position, according to Ross.
“There’d be a lot more you would have to do. There’s more to it,” Ross said. “You meet weekly and control the budget for the whole county.
However, whether or not Ross will be on the 2012 ballot depends on his schoolwork.
“It kinda depends on money there,” Ross said. The campaigns for commissioner can run upwards of $10,000, according to Ross, and he wants to put his schoolwork first.
Even if Ross doesn’t run in 2012, he says he’s not going away.
“I’ll definitely be running at least by 2016,” Ross said.