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SHSU student, former-SGA senator announces city council run

Contributing Reporter

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:04

Scudder/4-10-2012

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

Kendall Scudder listens during a meeting of the Sam Houston State University Student Government Association.

One Sam Houston State University student plans on expanding his leadership past the university borders.

Kendall Scudder is a senior political science major here at Sam Houston State University and announced his candidacy for the At-Large-Position 4 seat on the Huntsville City Council currently held by Keith Olson.

“I plan to push for investment in Huntsville’s infrastructure, encourage economic development, and help channel the ingenuity of Huntsville’s diverse citizenry,” Scudder said. “It’s obvious when you look around campus and neighborhoods throughout Huntsville that our infrastructure just isn’t cutting it.”

One example, Scudder said, is the need for more sidewalks and updating water pipes.

“As for economic development, it’s time to begin recruiting technology parks to retain our graduates and increase the number of high paying jobs in our city,” Scudder said. “It’s also upsetting to me when I see such poor use of talents that we have in our community. I think that it would behoove us to utilize the diverse skills and knowledge that the lord has blessed our community with.”

Scudder said his main goal is to move Huntsville forward.

“A very positive aspect of our campaign is that I don’t have the political baggage that comes with Huntsville city politics,” Scudder said.

This, Scudder said, gives him a new perspective.

“The different perspective and the sheer willingness to work with citizens spanning all ideologies and talents will help to unite our city the way citizens have been have been wanting for years,” Scudder said.

The university Student Government Association recently declared April 10 as “Kendall Scudder Day” around the university with the passing of the “Stellar Scudder Act” (SR-S12 07).

He stepped down from his senate seat on March 27 and was then unanimously confirmed to the Student Supreme Court on the same day the namesake bill was passed.

As a member of the court, he will work with the other justices to ensure that SGA’s rules are correctly interpreted and obeyed.

“This resolution thanks Mr. Scudder for the countless hours of work and effort he has put in on behalf of the Student Body in the last several years,” rules and regulations chief Steven Perry said. “During his time in Student Government, Kendall has served in almost every executive office, including as the first Student Body Chief of Staff. He has also served as the chairman of the election commission, and as the Director of the 2012 Bearkat All Paws In program, where he led his team to register over 800 student volunteers.”

Perry also said that Scudder has worked to improve student civic involvement and he has served as a mentor and a model of leadership to many members of the senate.

“The SGA felt that the dedication of a day for Mr. Scudder would be an appropriate representation of his many years of service to the students of Sam Houston,” Tyler Eberhart, SGA President said. “Kendall is responsible for a wide range of service initiatives to better our university and community. The legislation, dedication a day in his honor, was passed by those who worked alongside him and knew firsthand how hard he has worked.”

Scudder currently serves as the Chairman of the City of Huntsville’s Youth Advisory Board, serves as a senior member of the Student Organization Board, is a recurring contributor for The Houstonian, and is enrolled in the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Institute, Class 30.

“I’m honored that the student senate would acknowledge our accomplishments in this way and for putting up with me over the last four years,” Scudder said. “I hope that I’ll be able to continue following our University’s motto in every aspect of my life.”

The city council voting will take place during the general November election.

 

Editor-In-Chief Stephen Green contributed to this report.

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