Candidates for both parties have now thrown their hats in the ring, and Malvern is beginning to buzz.
As candidates from both parties have officially announced their 2016 campaigns, the election has officially begun.
Already, hopefuls for the party nominations have been courting voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, states with the first primaries of the cycle.
The Democratic Party has only Hillary Clinton officially in the race, but there are potentials in former governor Martin O’Malley (MD) and former senator Jim Webb (VA).
“I don’t know if this [Clinton running unopposed] is such a good thing,” said Mr. Burke, Global Perspectives teacher, “Diversity of opinion is always essential to democracy.”
“But the reality of modern elections is that it costs hundreds of millions of dollars to run for office, and if you don’t have a good shot, why should you throw your hat in the ring?” added Burke.
The Republicans, however, have three official candidates: Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Rand Paul (KY) and Marco Rubio (FL), all current Senators.
The frontrunner in New Hampshire, former Governor Jeb Bush (FL), has not officially announced his candidacy. His name, however, made responders in a recent poll by Suffolk University think of “dynasty” and “too many Bushes”.
“I really don’t think someone should be punished for their years of service or their family,” Burke said. “And that goes for both Bush and Clinton.”
Mrs. Harriet Lappas, AP US Government teacher, said that Jeb Bush is the most electable of the current and potential candidates of the Republican Party.
“He has some really liberal views (for a GOP candidate),” she said, “Especially on immigration, which scores well with Latinos.”
“I also think he’s very different from his brother George,” Lappas said, “I’m surprised by the liberal stances that he’s taking. I think the name’s the same, but he’s not the same.”
She has different thoughts on Clinton, however. “I really think we’ve seen the Clinton act before, and Bill is very involved in her campaign, and her platform in general.”
Burke has said that it is too early for in depth discussion on the race, so there has been little reaction in class to the elections.
In the past, elections have gotten huge attention, said Mr. Rick Poce, Assistant Dean of Students and Philosophy teacher. “There has always been interesting and impassioned debates, as well as a diversity of opinions, which is a good thing for us as a school, and for the country in general.”
As to whether or not in-class debate translates to votes, Poce is not so sure. “Well, there’s only a small section (of Malvern students) who can vote during the elections,” he said, “But that doesn’t stop the discussions and debates.”
Mrs. Lappas has said that she will press hard for students to go out and vote. “We had someone from the League of Women Voters come and register people, and I’m going to push like crazy to get as much people as possible out to vote in November.”