Malden, MA (Mar. 19, 2019) – Malden Catholic is pleased to announce that sophomore and Malden resident Thomas Tran has been selected as a Delegation Representative to the Weekend Model Government Conference sponsored by the YMCA of Massachusetts Youth & Government for High School Students program. The conference will be held at the Massachusetts State House in Boston from March 20-22.
As a member of the YMCA Youth & Government program, Tran attended a series of four pre-legislative training sessions where students were introduced to the legislative process in Massachusetts. During these sessions, students were tasked with researching issues of statewide importance and drafting legislative bills to be debated at the 36th Annual Massachusetts Youth & Government General Court in March. Tran researched the topic of statewide elections and drafted a bill to replace the current first-past-the-post voting with alternative/ranked choice voting for all future state elections.
According to the bill authored by Tran, the measure is a means to “increase voter turnout by allowing voters to more accurately choose a candidate representative of them” and prevent voters from “feeling that their vote is wasted if their first-choice candidate does not win.” As of 2019, only the state of Maine has adopted ranked choice voting for statewide elections, but public support is on the rise nationwide.
Tran will first be sworn in on the Massachusetts State House floor before reporting to committee, where he will have the opportunity to persuade his peers to move his bill out to the floor for a full vote on final passage.
Malden Catholic extends its hearty congratulations to Thomas Tran and all of his fellow delegates for their hard work and distinguished representation of the City of Malden in this important civic exercise!
The YMCA Massachusetts Youth & Government program teaches values-based leadership and civic engagement through experience. With support from volunteers and staff across the Commonwealth, the Youth & Government program encourages teens to become active and responsible contributors who are inspired to lead and to create meaningful positive change.
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