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Fred Akshar Sparks Political Interest for Local Seventh Graders

By Kerry Longobucco.
It's State Senator Fred Akshar's diverse resume that made him an interesting guest for students at Johnson City Middle School Thursday morning.

Akshar (R) spoke to seventh graders about his career. The one-time 911 dispatcher spent many years with the Broome County Sheriff's Office, before stepping into his new role as senator.

Akshar told students the desire to affect change and help more people is what made him trade law enforcement for law making.

One teacher at JCMS says Akshar is the type of person who can spark a political interest within his students.

"It's really hard to get a 12-year-old to be interested, because it's not eighteen that they get to vote," social studies teacher Mark Wilson said. "So, how do you get them interested now? And I think this is one of the ways. Bringing in speakers, and making that happen for them."

After Akshar's presentation, students got a chance to ask questions about everything -- from political campaigning, to catching criminals -- and even got a chance to meet the senator face to face.