Another Young Green elected to Napa Valley College Board of Trustees

For the second straight term, the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees will have a Green Student Trustee.  Twenty-five year-old Alex Shantz was elected in a December 3-4 special election with 55.3% of the vote, replacing outgoing Green Student Trustee Ruscal Cayangyang.

Shantz campaigned in person and via social media promoting diversity, increasing sustainability, addressing student poverty, and enhancing student participation in shared governance at Napa Valley College. Previously he served president of the Associated Students of Napa Valley College (2010-2011 and a single semester in 2012), and as Senator of Social Sciences (2009-10) and Vice President (2011.)
Shantz registered Green in 2010 "because I realized its possible to create radical electoral change at a local level. Most Americans are completely disillusioned by the two corporate parties and are desperate for a political alternative. The Green Party is that political alternative and we build It locally by electing Greens into local office. It can start by electing Greens as student trustees and goes up from there."
In January 2012 Shanz was elected Co-coordinator of the Green Party of California's state Coordinating Committee. He also serves as national Youth Caucus representative to the Green Party of the United States.
Thinking globally and acting locally, Shantz serves in local government as an at-large representative on the Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Commission; and on a Community Garden Ad Hoc Committee formed by the Napa County Local Food Advisory Council.
A philosophy major with a concentration in Ethics, Politics, and Law, Shantz plans on transferring to Sacramento State Fall 2014.